In The Sunroom: Plate Portraits

On display from January 11 to February 27, 2020 in The Sunroom at Halifax Central Library. 

Plate Portraits is a translation of the food related memories generously shared during interviews by people with dementia and Alzheimer’s disease. The foods recalled during these interviews were recreated and photographed.

In partnership with Berkeley Halifax, a charming group of residents were invited to discuss their favourite foods. Although it was difficult for these individuals to access some details of their lives, during these discussions (aided by flipping through Betty Crocker cookbooks and oodles of jam thumbprint cookies), they began to recall some vivid memories — all the while bragging about their mothers’ wonderful cooking.

About the artist

Emily Lawrence is an artist and arts facilitator based in Halifax, Nova Scotia. She is a graduate of NSCAD University, and has recently been the artist-in residence at the MacPhee Centre for Creative Learning from 2017-19.

Immersive environments, clever yet playful design, and obsessive material investigation are the ingredients that keep her creatively full and satiated as an artist. At the centre of her wide-ranging practice, Emily is a chef with her fingers dipped lovingly in many pots. She designs and teaches art workshops and programs to youth of all ages, and operates Colour Block Workshop, a small business that specializes in handmade one-of-a-kind, modern quilts.

View more of Emily’s work here, opens a new window.

With thanks to Arts Nova Scotia for their support of this project.