What's For Dinner? Celebrating Multicultural Diversity
The second artwork I curated for the City of Canada Bay's Five Dock Laneways Project is What's For Dinner? by Virginia Arregui.
Artist Virginia Arregui created this artwork to celebrate the multicultural diversity of the Five Dock Community. The artwork features architectural styles from around the world harmoniously built side by side. The title of the work What’s For Dinner? entices the viewer to imagine what food is being prepared in the kitchens of these homes, evoking the tastes and smells of global cuisines.
This is the first large scale artwork by Virginia Arregui, which I am pleased to say I encouraged her to complete. Virginia joined the gallery in February of this year and I was completely taken by her amazing painted tile paintings that play with perspective. Her works are impossible cities, enchanting the viewer to meander through the laneways and imagine what is happening behind the windows.
Each of Virginia's works represent a unique architectural style, however for the Five Dock commission we decided to meld these together to create an architecturally impossible city, yet one that is possible by the inhabitants of the buildings.
Virginia researched the cultural demographics of the Five Dock region to ensure architectural styles from different nations were included.
Food is often considered the great barrier breaker, people get to know another's culture by the food from that country. As Five Dock is famous for its delicatessens, butchers and patisseries we thought it appropriate that we bring it back to the inside of the homes rather than just the interior.
The artwork is dedicated to Ondina Demarchi.
See more of Virginia Arregui's colourful house paintings available for sale in our online art gallery.