DIMENSIONS: (unframed) 23.5 x 19.75 ins (60 x 50 cms)
SIGNATURE: Signed lower right
MEDIUM: Tinted gesso on wood
A departure from her use of muted colours to portray people, The Crustacean, 2016 shows a shift toward brighter colour that is typical of PJ Crook’s more recent pieces. Yet the passive and melancholy expressions of the chefs are characteristic of her work. The sombre expressions of the chefs contrast greatly with the bright, playful colours of the food being carried. The cooked lobster sits at the front of the painting, almost morbid among the dishes of red jelly and pink cakes. Juxtaposition is central to this work, evoking a fascinating combination of sadness and warmth. Crook’s technique invites viewers to question the narrative of the composition, implicating the audience in the scene depicted.