Jennie Lennick mines a mid-century cookbook entitled Joys of Jello for a new series in sculpture, drawing, and performance. Cookbooks are a primary source in Lennick’s practice, culling their historical moment and playfully toying with notions of domesticity and feminine identity from an era that saw the kitchen as a female arena. The kitschy aesthetic and colorful food molds found in Joys of Jello are paired with equally bizarre recipe combinations such as Lime Jello with corn and Jello, diced tomatoes, Worcestershire sauce, and onion.
Her work begins with a recipe and it’s accompanying image. She repeatedly recreates the recipe in various mediums and methods. Sometimes she offers a taste, completing the recipe as instructed, though more often she ruminates on the formal aspects of the vintage food display and plating strategies. Lennick’s structured and labored process captures an absurdity and artificial nostalgia inherent in the corporate marketing of such traditional American dishes and values.