Three Tongues pencil, oil on prepared paper, 29" x 26"

Three Tongues, detail pencil, oil on prepared paper, 29" x 26"

Tongue   pencil on prepared paper, 35" x 24"

Tongue detail  pencil on prepared paper, 35" x 24"

Brains detail  pencil on prepared paper, 35" x 19"

Brains  pencil on prepared paper, 35" x 19"

 Meat Plow 36" x 48"  oil on aluminum  

 Meat Plow detail 36" x 48"  oil on aluminum  

Lamb loin with kidney,  oil on paper,  90"x 58" detail

.

Lamb loin with kidney,  oil on paper,  90"x 58"

Lamb loin    detail  oil on paper,  32"x 18"

Lamb loin      oil on paper,  32"x 18"

Meat Stack (pork loin)    oil on paper,  85"x 58"

Meat Stack (pork loin)    oil on paper,  85"x 58"

Lamb neck               oil on paper,  32"x 18"

 Lamb Rack, View from Loin End    Silverpoint on prepared paper, 15" x 10" 

Lamb Rack, View from Shoulder End    Silverpoint on prepared paper, 15" x 10"

Lamb Back Trimmed, View from Leg End   Silverpoint on prepared paper, 15" x 10"

Lamb Back Trimmed, View from Shoulder End   Silverpoint on prepared paper, 15" x 10"

 

Jill Scipione's drawing and paintings involving skulls and cuts of meat create a lexicon of imagery 
that alternates empirical study with emphatic, gestural form. The surrounding "empty" space 
becomes an energized field of activity.

The meat series is comprised of dozens of works in painting, drawing, collage, and print. All the 
works take as their source reproductions of cuts of meat from butcher charts. The art that results 
falls into at least two general treatments.
In some works, individual cuts of meat meticulously rebuilt by the painting and drawing process 
are represented in their situation as natural, yet man-made objects in a white space. In others, 
the cuts are reproduced, reordered, reformed and then represented as fabulous new objects. 
These new objects- cart, wheel, column, are familiar yet ancient; building blocks of civilization. 
The theme of a body as structure of regeneration and the central idea of the flesh as the vehicle 
for the soul is both questioned and realized in these works. 

Meat Cart  60" x 120"  oil on paper     


 Meatcart  detail oil on paper 


 

Wheels within Wheels detail  90" x 80"  oil on paper 


 

Wheels within Wheels  90" x 80"  oil on paper 


Wheels within Wheels detail 90" x 80"  oil on paper


 Meat Wheel  67" x 58"  oil on paper    


Meat Wheel detail 67" x 58"  oil on paper    


 Meat Chariot   36" x 48"  pencil on paper  


 Meat Chariot detail  36" x 48"  pencil on paper  


 Meat Chariot  (outline) 36" x 48"  pencil on paper   


Meat Chariot  (outline)detail 36" x 48"  pencil on paper   


 

Meat Chariot   36" x 48"  silverpoint on paper   


 

 Meat Chariot   36" x 48"  silverpoint detail on paper    detail 


 Meat Chariot   36" x 48"  silverpoint on paper    detail 


 Meat Chariot   36" x 48"  silverpoint on paper    detail 


 Meat Chariot   36" x 48"  silverpoint on paper    detail