PC Acquire

Artist Celeste Tammariello

Catherine D. Anspon
November 19, 2013

Our feasting-themed issue naturally deserves a PC Acquire all about foodstuffs. Enter Houston artist Celeste Tammariello, who also serves as a PaperCity graphic designer. Tammariello has exhibited from Galleri Urbane in Marfa to Yvonamor Palix Gallery in Houston — and she is also collected by our executive arts editor for her personal Pop holdings. This award-garnering creative admits to having been obsessed with prosaic junk food for the past decade, often incorporating text fragments into her coveted photographs shot at Texas-centric locations ranging from Southern Maid Donuts in Odessa to Bellaire’s Palace Bowling Lanes and even the very tony Tony’s in Houston. Peruse the entire trove online, which slants towards powdered and colorfully glazed donuts, Hello Kitty cupcakes, cotton candy, Milk Duds — alongside savory nachos and popcorn. What you see is a slightly skewered version of the American dream, told vis-à-vis our national obsession with snacks and treats, filtered through the artist’s (slightly) dark, but unerringly smart sense of humor. Eight images in the “She” series are exclusively offered for PaperCity readers in sizes 20 by 20 inches ($1,250) and 40 by 40 inches ($2,450); each work is in a small-batch edition of eight, plus two artist proofs. Inquiries Seth Vaughan, seth@papercitymag.com; papercitymag.com/arts.