Be Our Guest (2021)

My grandparent’s home that I grew up in reminds me of the Palace of Versailles with its lavish furniture, high ceilings, and exquisite porcelain plates. By simply looking at the house’s incredible interior, this is the ultimate dream house. A piece of furniture that stood out the most in their home was a long Italian wood table placed in the center of the dining room. While most dining tables are meant to have food laid out with chattering family members seated all around, our long dining table was hardly ever used. In contrast to the connections and relationships that can be made through the sharing of food, this dining room was one of the loneliest places in the house as it was often empty. Through this painting, I wanted to show dissonance between my experiences in this dining room and the bright, overly-decorated space.

Oil on canvas