HENRY LOURIS


Touch Me, 2020. Oil on canvas. 36 × 60 in.
All I See is Red, Red, Red, 2020. Oil on canvas. 60 × 84 in.

“You are what you eat.”

This adage originated from French gastronome Jean Anthelme Brillat-Savarin whose quote translated, “Tell me what you eat and I will tell you
who you are.”Food can define culture and shape an individual’s identity.

The acts o preparing, serving, sharing, and consuming food all vary between coun-tries depending on: geographical, cultural, political, and religious factors.

Although the simple act of eating food may be considered a means of sur-vival and a source of energy, food also brings people together. Dining tables are often called family tables, as the act of eating and the conversations wehave around the table hold not only our family stories but also our culture.Growing up as a Korean-American, rice was a staple dish that has alwaysbeen on my dining table.

Therefore, a bowl of rice was a type of food thatidentified my culture, who I am, and where I come from. The interactionsand conversations that I had with my family while eating at the dining tableultimately became my culture and built my identity. In my thesis, I use rice directly and indirectly to introduce, communicate,and educate people about different types of rice, as well as cultural practicessurrounding food consumption and how they interweave to symbolize aculture.

I provide a space for audiences to experience and interact with ricebeyond consuming it as a food—it is a means to express unique stories.