The Room Artists offer a playful critique of the contemporary kitchen through the large photograph of a sumptuous still life arrangement.

The work… brings to mind the lavish banquet tables of still life paintings popular in Europe in the seventeenth and eighteenth century. But closer inspection reveals cuts of meat in plastic packaging and fruit bulging from plastic string bags.

The work’s allusions to the bounty of the natural world and the cycles of life are slyly undercut by the reminder that in our modern kitchens – full of labour saving machines and processed food – we are far removed from the messy reality of slaughter or cultivation.

Fiona Capp