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Title of Exhibition

Prograde & Retrograde

Artist Statement

My work explores the role of food in shaping identity and developing relationships among people. I am inspired by my broad range of personal experiences growing up in a culturally diverse household that specialized in Cajun and Colombian style cooking. From my experiences of eating out with friends, to taking cooking classes abroad, to sharing nightly dinners with my family, these are all examples of special moments in my life that were accompanied by food. Considered in this lens, food has greatly impacted my identity and the ways I have bonded with friends and family. My watercolor paintings of group meals address the role that food plays in bringing people together.

My chosen medium of watercolor allows me to create washed out hues which maintain an ephemerality through the translucency of paint layers. These elements are useful for portraying both the experiential immediacy and sense of memory associated with the captured moments within my paintings. The small scale of the subjects in these works emphasize the surrounding empty backgrounds and encourage viewers to focus on the subjects while speculating about the environments they occupy. Ultimately, my work is meant to prompt viewers to consider how sharing meals builds and maintains relationships. While contemplating this body of work, viewers are invited to consider the role that food has had in shaping their own lives.

Type of Work



8 in x 11 in


Watercolor painting on watercolor paper

Date of Online Publication



Copyright 2022, Karina Hornberger. Reproduced with permission. The artists and/or collaborators who contribute to the Rollins College Student Art Gallery and Archive retain the rights to their own works. In making these collection materials available, Rollins College does not grant permission to reproduce or redistribute them, in part or in full. The College does not own the copyright to any of the materials, cannot grant any requests for permission to reproduce them, and will forward reproduction requests to the artists and/or collaborators.


watercolor, painting, food, identity, relationships, cooking, cajun, columbian, columbia, meals, family meals, group meals, nostalgia, emotion


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