The idea of the sustenance of life: bread, salt and water, explores these basic fundamental elements as mediums for sculpture, to work with them as a symbolic metaphor as well as experimenting with their physical properties.

Symbolically, bread, salt and water have social, religious, economic and humanistic significance. As material, bread has an amazing organic process that I attempt to shape, but ultimately that shapes itself. The level of humidity, ingredients, care and concentration given, determines how the material will respond. In many ways, it is like a chemistry experiment.

These materials historically have an integral meaning to life and culture, and illustrate the fundamental elements of existence, something that is continuously overlooked in contemporary western culture. These simple common ingredients found in our homes have the power to bring people together and have been used by both church and state.

Jeph Gurecka  Archival Pigment Print
The Soft Parts Mend in Gods Good Time
2005
Archival Pigment Print
diptych each 40" X 30 101cm X 76



Artists' arms were covered in bread
dough and left to rise. Dough was then
baked onto arms with a blow torch.
Jeph Gurecka  Bread, salt, polyester resin
Someone Waits
2005
Bread, salt, polyester resin
3.5" X 4.5 8.9cm X 11.43

little buns were baked and inscribed with salt.

Jeph Gurecka  Bread, salt, polyester resin
If Only I Felt Now What I Felt Then
2005
Bread, salt, polyester resin
2.5" X 5 6.4cm X 13
Jeph Gurecka  Bread, salt, polyester resin
Less Cribs More Coffins
2005
Bread, salt, polyester resin
3" X 2.5 7.6cm X 6.4

Jeph Gurecka  Bread, salt, polyester resin
Live Soft Die Old
2005
Bread, salt, polyester resin
11" X 12 28cm X 31

Bread Loaf was baked and inscribed with salt.
Jeph Gurecka  Bread, archival resin.
Memento Mori
2005
Bread, archival resin.
approx. 15' X 10 457 cm X 305

1000 anatomically correct cast human skulls in various types of bread, archival resin.

collection of Futura Gallery and Castle Trebesice, Prague Czech Republic

Jeph Gurecka
Memento Mori
detail
Jeph Gurecka
Memento Mori
detail

Jeph Gurecka
Memento Mori
detail
Jeph Gurecka  Bread, chopping block
Memento Mori
2004
Bread, chopping block
approx. 10" X 6' X 2' 25.4cm X 183 X 61

Anatomically correct bread Skulls were fresh baked for gallery opening and left to decay during the exhibition.

Jeph Gurecka
Memento Mori
detail
Jeph Gurecka
Memento Mori
detail

Jeph Gurecka
Memento Mori
detail
Jeph Gurecka  Bread, fondue, mix media
Bread Skull Fondue
2004
Bread, fondue, mix media
approx. 4.5' X 4' X 4' 137cm X 122 X 122

A bread skull fondue was set for visitors in an abandoned meat packing cooler in New York City.
curated by Alison Meehan

Jeph Gurecka
Bread Skull Fondue
detail
Jeph Gurecka
Bread Skull Fondue
detail

Jeph Gurecka
Bread Skull Fondue
detail
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