Words About a Painting II

About the Painting “Ketchup Massacre” by Natalie Incorvaia.

The Painting is on a 21″ x 14″ hand-stretched canvas, the medium is oil paint. It was finished in 2014.


“Ketchup Massacre” was created in the Old Masters style that utilizes the layering of scumbles and glazes that were employed in paintings from the Renaissance era. This specific imagery came from my interest in mimicking text and logos accurately and the larger than life size reproduction of ketchup packets lends to the importance of what this painting is saying…

These ketchup packets not only represent America, with the predominantly red, white, and blue color scheme, but also the habits of Americans. We consume products that are, at their core, worthless in providing adequate nutrition (ketchup is one measly example) and furthermore, the mess we leave behind our feasts is a massacre of sorts. In America’s quest to have the best and the most, the wreckage and waste left behind is turning into a bloody graveyard that marks our narcissistic belief that resources are infinite.

-Natalie M. Incorvaia

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