Sharon Core was born in 1965 in New Orleans, Louisiana. She received a BFA from the University of Georgia. She is mostly known because of her series of food photography.
It was Core’s Theibaud series (2003–04) that first attracted major attention. For her photographic simulations of the iconic paintings of cakes, hotdogs, and sandwiches created by California artist Wayne Theibaud in the 1960s, she employed her training as both a painter and a pastry chef to recreate the scenes.
Though her sumptuous photographs of food and flower still lifes seem, at first, like straightforward visual feasts, Sharon Core’s compositions are the result of a sleight-of-hand wittiness and conceptual rigor. Her photographs are painstaking recreations of still life works by some of the most famous painters of the genre.
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In both the Theibaud and Early American series, the subtle visual rifts between the original paintings and the photographs that utilize them as source material unearth the labor and complex issues behind the deceptively simple beauty of Core’s images.
Core have been exhibiting worldwide, from the Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum to Clementine Gallery in New York and many others.
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