First exhibited as part of Keep off the Grass: Artists against Genetic Engineering at Pataka and then at the Green Party headquarters, Green Cuisine presents a set of perfectly polished vegetables, without blemishes or bruises, questioning our food choices and our prioritisation of appearance over content. Proletarian Plates (Nurse, Sailor, Scientist) considers the issues of mass production, the redeployment of Maoist 1950s motifs and the penetration of cheap Chinese wares into the New Zealand market. Searching for vestiges of Chinese culture in these objects, Studd explores the residual cultural qualities of these mass produced consumer goods within a New Zealand context.
Studd's choice to work in the two dimensional rather than the three dimensional realm more commonly associated with knitting can be seen as a reference to newspaper cuttings and the stenciled simplicity of political posters which both inform her choice of subject matter. The cheerful colours and decorative aspect of her knittings belie the disquieting implications of her work. Studd's appropriation and exploration of the concept of preciousness positions her as a shrewd commentator about contemporary culture.
Jill Studd graduated from Ilam School of Fine Arts, University of Canterbury (1972) and has worked as a publishing researcher, designer and gallery registrar. Her work has been included in numerous group exhibitions at public galleries in New Zealand and England since the 1980s. Her work is held in the collection of Te Manawa Museum and many private collections. Jill Studd currently lives in Wellington.