Art and Meat ...Together Again



Combining art with meat is definitely a different concept. I'd have to say that I've never seen anything like this before, but I like it. Nicolas Lampert is the artist and he has combined the love of art with the love of food and created Meatscapes. Read on for more of his work.

Nicolas Lampert has created a series of art called Meatscapes. I asked Nicolas how he had the idea of Meatscapes, and he said that he came up with the idea by questioning land use. "In
Wisconsin, where I live, the majority of rural land is
utilized for raising cows, either for grazing land, growing food for cattle, or appropriating water for livestock so I started thinking about how to represent this in a graphic form. The result was the meatscapes that brings up this issue in a very subtle way."

Of all of Nicolas Lampert's art, I have to say that I love Meatscapes the best. The choice of photos along with the selection of various meats has many different effects. What first attracted me to these were the colors and the placement of meat. I was curious as to the reaction Mr. Lampert has received about Meatscapes so I asked him what people have commented on. "With the meatscapes and the machine animal collages, it was important to me to leave the reading of the image open enough so that each viewer will come to their own conclusions. To date, I get polar opposite views to the Meatscapes. Some see them as celebrating eating meat, others as speaking out against it. Also, humor is used as the entry point so the images are inviting at first, but I hope they make people question and think about the larger issues of consumerism and its impact on the environment."

I would say this art is definitely imaginative. I'm glad to see there is no obvious message in these, so like Mr. Lampert said, people can come to their own conclusions. That's what art is really about, isn't it?

Here are a few of my favorite ones:







The family portrait is my favorite. Which one is yours?

What do you think of this art? Any initial reactions to it? What about when you really look at it, what message do you think the artist is trying to portray?

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Originally published March 2008.