Using everyday items of food, Sian Bonnell reconstructs the home environment. Fried-egg bathroom mats, pasta tablecloths and sliced meat floor-tiles abound, whilst other foodstuffs take on new character – a plate of mash and peas becomes the distant landscape of some undiscovered continent; and carrots, parsnips and bananas become surreal candles in a candelabra of the absurd.
As Sian Bonnell says: “I am intrigued by the absurd. Life and the reality of our lives is steeped in absurdity so although my images may look surreal, to me they are more a kind of absurd reality.”
Sian Bonnell’s work has been exhibited throughout the world and is in several major collections including the Victoria and Albert Museum, the Bibliothèque Nationale, Paris, and the Museum of Fine Arts, Houston. Two books of her work have been published to date, as well as numerous catalogues.