02/11/2021 - 26/11/2021

New Work - Mixed Medium

Greta Alfaro - Fornacalia 2

Fornacalia, the title of Greta Alfaro’s exhibition at Cooke Latham Gallery, takes its name from the Roman festival held in honour of Fornax, the goddess of the bread oven.

The work is a response to the gallery space which was part of a large 19th century bakery, supplying Victorian London with bread. Having grown up the daughter and granddaughter of a baker, Alfaro’s installation reflects on the significance of bread; that most basic and yet metaphorically loaded of food stuffs.

Fornacalia maps the changing role of the baker from a predominantly female ritualistic position to the male-run mass production that was ushered in with Industrialization.

In Greta Alfaro’s world bread is a signifier of social change and the oven is an agent of transformation. The baker and artist become analogous as creators, taking raw material and making something ‘other’.


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