AYCE or All You Can Eat is part of a set of Limited Edition Art Prints by Nellie Maan from her new art range. There are only 25 signed prints of each image making the art pieces highly collectable.
All You Can Eat is quite dichotmous in nature. On the one hand, it was created to draw the viewer’s attention to the reality of what it means to eat all that you possibly can. Are people enticed by the idea of plentifulness, unlimited consumption, price or simply insatiable greed? Are people really satisfied and fulfilled after the AYCE experience. Equally, AYCE speaks of a welcoming banquet. The host is left satisfied that his or her guest have eaten their fill and not gone hungry. The piece was partly inspired by the explosion in bill boards advertising All You Can Eat menus up and down the UK at throw away prices. Restaurants are full to bursting with consumers queuing up to claim their seats at the great banquets. Equally, it was influenced by all those places where guests are welcomed and banquets are plentiful.
The art piece plays with the notion of a fine dining restaurant with the AYCE menu ready for the diner to browse and consume. It can conveys the air of emptiness of All You Can Eat but simultaneously can be interpreted as a time to banquet with family and friends.
The precise approach used in the art is a protected secret as it has evolved over a number of years. The textures that Nellie produces are rich and varied. The balance of texture to white space with the use of strong black lines along with the limited colour palette defines the unique style and gives it the clean fresh look.
This contemporary art style has been applied to the world of the fast evolving language of text speak acronyms. It is a language that says little but speaks volumes.
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