Sydney Licht draws inspiration from the common, disposable detritus of everyday life and creates still lives centered around takeout containers, department store boxes, sugar packets and other disposables. Licht tells the domestic experience of society’s materialism via modern takes on the still life.
“For centuries, still life paintings have portrayed items from the realm of the domestic….food, utensils, dishes, flowers and other elements that celebrate the table and the communal dining experience,” Licht says. “Today, as technology impacts our lives more and more, few of us have the means or the desire to spend hours preparing and presenting a meal served on china dishes with silver place settings. Instead, we order online and our food arrives ready to be microwaved. During the Covid era, communal dining experiences were more likely to occur on a computer via Zoom than in person sitting around a table together. All of this begs the question, has the shelf life of the still life as we’ve known it reached its expiration date?”