As a continuation of our PiDGiN x ART series, we are featuring talented local artist Sean Karemaker's incredibly detailed artwork. Fueled by a childhood obsession with reading and writing comics, Sean's work explores introspective thoughts in a unique and provoking manner.
Currently, he is in the process of releasing Feast of Fields, where he explores his childhood, and his relationship with his mother. "The book is a tribute to the qualities of selflessness, sacrifice and love associated with motherhood. The story will resonate with anyone familiar with immigration to Canada, poverty, or mental illness. Karemaker constructs the graphic novel through a series of scrolls, densely illustrated, then cut up to make the pages of the book, creating a truly unique visual and narrative experience."
As always with our ongoing Art Series, Chef Wesley Young collaborated with the artist to come up with a special dish inspired by the work. Taking inspiration from Sean's usage of scrolls, Chef Young created a dish of sauteed prawns with Chinese rice rolls.
"Sean used a narrative style to deal with a nostalgic subject; the history of his mother's upbringing in a Copenhagen orphanage. My dish was a play on a family recipe that goes back to our village in Canton China. The rice rolls are made from a filling of shitake, chinese celery, jicama, chayote and dried shrimp. The rice sheets are made with a mixture of flours and starches. The sauteed prawns were another dish we would often see on the dinner table. The combination of the rice rolls and prawns captures that nostalgia for me on the plate."
Sean Karemaker's art is now up on our walls and our menus. His artwork is available for sale, and we look forward to sharing it with you.