Last Meals

Still life paintings of leftover meals examine injustices inherent to capital punishment, while embracing our shared humanity of those condemned. After researching individual final meal requests, I cook and consume each meal before photographing it. It is these leftovers that form the composition of the paintings, and the process lends an eerie intimacy and tension to the work. Individual paintings from the series have been exhibited throughout the United States and Canada. Selected works have been published internationally, including features in Wired and international editions of GQ magazines.
Links to Selected Press

Selected Press


Last Meals

Artists document death row inmates' final taste of life

Wired Magazine, Article,  Rachel Zurer, August 2011*

Any Last Requests?
Interview with Russell Bowers, Easter Sunday Special (hour two)

CBC Radio, Interview, April 2011


​​​Food for Thought

Last Meals Shine Spotlight on the Death Penalty

Fredericton Gleaner, Article, Tara Chislette, October 4, 2012*

Kate MacDonald Humanizes the Death Penalty
Paintings inspired by last meal requests

The Aquinian, Article, Aly MacIsaac, October 23, 2012

Halálraítéltek utolsó vacsorája – fotó

HVG, Article, September 2011*

Lawmaker Takes Offense to Capitol Art Display

Execution Images Removed by Houston Legislator

American Statesman, Article, W. Gardner Selby, March 13, 2007*

*includes photo publication

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