A recipe for something nice to put on your coffee table: mix one part fresh fruits and vegetables and one part nude bodies
Food is fundamental. But for Italian artist Tiberio Simone, it's much more: It's a medium of creative expression, a sensory portal to truth, beauty, and sensuality. His La Figa: Visions of Food and Form is nothing short of a feast for the senses, celebrating two of the most primal human hungers and pleasures while elevating both through the artistic lens of a true creative visionary using the human body as his canvas and food as his paintbrush. Simone's edible masterpieces, which remained ephemeral until he collaborated with photographer Matt Freedman, spring to life from the page, extending an alluring come-hither invitation to reconnect with our own understanding of food, sexuality, and how the two feed one another.
"'Only those who will risk going too far can possibly know how far one can go,' wrote T. S. Eliot. In La Figa, Tiberio and Matt transport us with their provocative and mesmerizing photographs to a place where a simple fruit, combined with the basic human form, explodes our senses--from a pomegranate bikini to rolling hills of ingredient-covered hips. I, for one, will never think of seaweed or avocado in the same way. La Figa invites us to pierce through mundane living and savor the basic ingredients of life." Nassim Nassefi, M.D.
Filmmaker Dan McComb has created a handful of wonderful, artful, poetic segments on Simone and the La Figa project that bespeak the incredible passion with which Simone approaches his work.