CARROT ROSE (SHAPE AND COLOUR)

Carrot Rose is a project that consists of several works that I made and collected over the years. The starting point for this project were photographs I made of my parents in 2010. In the photographs my parents wear an orange t-shirt that says 'HOLLAND' at its back. My parents wear this typical t-shirt every year for King's day, the national holiday of the Netherlands.

A few years ago my parents pointed to a family photo album. Inside were photographs of carrots shapen into animals, flowers, and human figures. In his younger years my father had a skilled colleague with whom he made these objects out of carrots.

The carrot rose is a well known garnish in Chinese dishes in the Netherlands. My parents, who owned a Chinese restaurant in the 90's, served these handmade roses as a garnish to their dishes in the restuarant. For me it was very logic to ask my father to transform a piece of carrot into a rose while I would film the process.

Due to circumstances my parents were unable to teach me their culture, language and skills. I don't posses the skills to turn a superficial carrot into a nice object. Instead I copied a carrot rose of my father and turned it into a permanent object that became the sculpture Shape and Colour.

For one of my other projects (Nr. 39 with Rice) I visit regularly Chinese restaurants where I order dishes to photograph and eat. Not very often do these dishes come with a carrot rose but when they do I am always surprised by the variation in shape, size and complexity. The photographs of dishes with a carrot rose are turned into puzzles which I assemble personally to play again with the notion of creating.

As a bonus of my restaurants visits I collect the takeaway menu. They come in different shape and colour and together they give an insight in the visualization and development of Chinese menu design. For Carrot Rose I grouped together the menus that depict a Chinese junk to say that something is dissapearing.

The project Carrot Rose is closely linked to the project In Search of Perfect Orange and Chin. Ind. Rest.

D. Shape and Colour

Sculpture of 19 plastic roses on a wooden cutting.