This week’s AT HOME ART DATE revolves around the art and imagination
of British artist Lee Miller. Ages 18+
You will want to buy a few ingredients and make her wonderful cauliflower recipe to go with any main course. Eat while watching the recommended video and then dabble in some experimental self-portraiture.
(element one) Recipe (if you are not going to make it, be sure to read it)
(element two) Video (where you learn more about LM and the significance of the cauliflower recipe)
(element three) Self-portrait
(element one) Cauliflower Breasts Recipe by Lee Miller
2 whole cauliflowers
1 large egg
1½ cups of vegetable oil
1 tbsp tomato paste
1 tsp salt
½ tsp white pepper
Chopped parsley and tomato quarters
Divide cauliflowers into florets and cook in boiling water until just tender. Run under cold water, drain and push into two bowls. Weigh down, and drain off water. Make homemade mayonnaise in a blender. Use a whole egg instead of only egg yolk, so it is light-colored. Slowly add oil while blending and tint with tomato paste. Season with salt and pepper. Pour some of the mayonnaise over the cauliflowers before turning them on to a platter. Coat with the rest of the mayonnaise and garnish with chopped eggs, a dash of, parsley and tomato quarters.
Pattie’s note: These will look like breasts -- there is a funny reason behind this design. Watch element two to learn more.
(element two) Watch Lee Miller’s son talk about her and tell new stories about her most powerful work. The Indestructible Lee Miller
(element three) Self-portrait - experiment with the black and white editing options on your phone with a profile selfie using light shining only the back of your head and see what you discover by playing with shadows, brightness, contrast, saturation, and the other options Miller would have envied.
And, if you are feeling like a risqué risk-taker try a topless selfie and share the photo with a friend.
I hope you find Lee Miller, muse + model + photographer + chef a compelling art date.
I curate provocative art dates for you to enjoy solo or with others in your own home. Many of these art dates have online elements combined with supplemental reading, listening, and a variety of activities you can do at home to enhance how you express and experience art. Feel free to forward these art dates to others. Remember to check out the bonus material below.
These art dates are free of charge. However, they do take time, energy, and a lifetime of artistic experience to put together. If you’d like to buy me a cup of tea as a bit of thanks, I’d appreciate your generosity.