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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

Words about A Painting

About the Painting “She’s Come Undone” by Natalie Incorvaia.

The Painting is on a 54″ x 36″ hand-stretched canvas, the mediums are: acrylic and oil paint, glitter, glue, and rhinestones. It was finished in 2015.


When I have an idea for a painting, I like to set up photoshoots with the products to determine how I want the outcome. It was a lot of fun in this instance to pour syrup all over the place and then decide which picture lent the most to my message: I want to convey the absurdity of the things we choose to eat: “lite” syrup, strawberry syrup, while also using these food products to physically represent the feeling of “she’s come undone.” When feelings are BOTTLED up for too long for whatever reasons, they are bound to burst forth in messy ways.

In this painting, I incorporated glitter and rhinestones that punctuated the childlike hues and style of this painting, thus while being easy on the eyes and playful, is also talking of deeper issues in the human psyche.

-Natalie M. Incorvaia