Sweet Summer Corn, by Angela Hughes Zokan
What's On Your Plate?
A series by local South Carolina Artist, Angela Hughes Zokan
Sweet Summer Corn
12"X12", Acrylic on Canvas
I have an Uncle. Don’t we all have that Uncle? This Uncle is beyond generous with his time that he gives to my little boys, talents of farming, and the fruits that literally come from all his labor. A couple of weeks ago, I left his house with a huge bag of sweet summer corn. It is the best corn. Period. I may be biased since I know my Uncle grew it, and my boys shucked it on the picnic table all afternoon, but regardless it is the best. Fresh corn screams summer time, and it is probably the only vegetable that my boys do not fight me to eat. In fact, they race each other to see how fast they can finish it. Spoiler, my husband always wins.
No we do not eat the corn with the husks on, but they were so pretty in the summer sun I had to bring them inside to paint. While these two little cobs did not make it into the pot that night, I love this reflection of work, family and summer all in one little piece!
About the Collection: A Note From the Artist
The most precious memories and conversations happen around the table with a meal, a melted popsicle or a couple of slices of leftover bacon in the toaster oven. Hey, when you know you know! These meals do not have to be over the top (although I do love a gourmet dish), but oftentimes are the simplest, with the most significance.
I find that more and more I draw connections to people through different foods, flavors, and scents. When I prepare a meal, snack, or even beverage for myself or my family I am reminded of who I shared these with in the past. These memories have become more and more precious as people I have loved, respected, and cherished have moved on…or even started to grow up.
This series of paintings may seem simple, or reminiscent of pop art ideals; but, for me, they focus more on connections. Connections to people, cultures, seasons, experiences and keeping this in the forefront of my thoughts. This “plate” series will be released every Friday for the next couple of months through McIntosh Cottage Antiques.
Part 4: Summer's Bounty
This is the final installation of the “What’s on your plate?” series… for now. These plates are filled with local fruits and vegetables arranged on the most beautiful McIntosh Antiques and Gifts plates and fabrics. These next pieces will incorporate the best that summer has to offer and what you will find on my plates most nights of summer.