This article originally appeared in Meatpaper Issue Twelve.
I started craving cheeseburgers while I was studying printmaking in Japan. Although I could find cheeseburgers in Japan, their reasonable, healthy proportions could not live up to my American-sized appetite. During that period, hamburger imagery began showing up in my artwork. I call the series — which includes the cover image for this issue — “Burger Dreams.”
My obsession with the iconic American hamburger continued as I researched and fused inspiration from Tibetan religious paintings and symbols, and mural paintings and stylistic decoration from my own Thai culture. Eventually the obsession evolved into the “Holy Hamburger Series.”
TOP: ”THE HOLY HAMBURGER 1: BUDDHA” BOTTOM: “THE HOLY HAMBURGER 4: GODDESS” BOTH: 18″ x 24″, ACRYLIC INK, WATERCOLOR PENCILS, AND PASTELS.
ARIYANA SUVARNASUDDHI is a freelance artist/ comic artist/ hermit whose life is primarily governed by hamburgers and fears. She makes paintings about the former and comic stories about the latter. So far the hamburgers have proved to be her main source of bread and butter.