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“I came to this piece,” Cabo explains, “after developing a bit of an obsession with monochro-matic pieces. When I view art like this, I automatically begin to think in colors and textures.” FOR HER SECOND DISH Cabo drew inspiration from the late Sam Francis’ untitled ink-on-paper work. Francis, an American-born artist, focused on a wide variety of painting styles and printmaking. He holds international acclaim for his work, and upon his death the Sam Francis Foundation was es-tablished to provide students the ability to create work that would perpetuate his legacy. In looking at the dish Cabo crafted using black garlic and mul-tiple different local and imported mushrooms, each cooked and sliced in a different representative way, it is easy to see the inspira-tion she drew from his work. “When I viewed this painting I immediately saw a mushroom dish, and as I started to think about the colors, I thought of black garlic and different ways to create spotting within the dish,” she says. “To create those I crafted a balsamic reduction and actually took a paintbrush and splattered it on.” Since the balsamic is much thicker than paint, Cabo had to be sure her movements were pur-poseful in order to create the dish she was viewing in her head. “The circles and the roundness of the painting spoke to me,” she says. “I have always been drawn to circles within art — I view them as feminist, and even though it had that feminist circle it also had that darkness to it.” 36 WBM december 2015


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