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09. Cherry Pie (60" x42" x12") $2,600

09. Cherry Pie (60" x42" x12") $2,600

Macey Center, Socorro, NM

This piece celebrates home grown, fresh baked foods. I like to think of where things come from, and how they are made. The fabrics chosen for the crust have printed patterns of growing leaves symbolic of golden wheat fields. Looking close there is even a pattern of a wooden wheel similar to what could have been used to mill the flour years ago.

The Cherry Pie was the first in a series sculptural pieces experimenting with the use of layers of fabric to create depth, and surfaces embellished with different kinds of objects to create new textures. Like a painter's still life, I wanted to learn to transform fabric into something more than just a piece of sewn cloth. I wanted to make cherries look juicy, the crust flaky, and the ice cream melting. My solutions: a red plastic bag catches the light to make a cherry look moist, shear red scarves give the illusion of juiciness, and white pearls on the ice cream give the effect of melting.

The theme, cherry pie a la mode, brings back some of my personal favorite memories of growing up with cherry trees in the back yard, and a brother named 'Billy', who we teased with the popular old rhyme, "Can she bake a cherry pie, Billy Boy, Billy Boy?" Even today, looking at this piece, I feel the warm sun on my young scalp line where my hair was parted for its long braids, and the great stretch from my gripping toes on a woody branch, up one leg, along my ribs and on through to my finger tips reaching for that perfect little red fruit. I remember crowding around the big kitchen table covered with newspaper, pitting cherries with a hair pin, a stain on my favorite white dress, and hot cherry pie for Christmas.

1. A baked food composed of a shell of pastry that is filled with fruit, meat, cheese, or other ingredients, and unusually covered with a pastry crust.
2. A layer cake having cream, custard, or jelly filling.
3. A whole that can be shared; "That would....enlarge the economic pie by making the most productive use of every investment dollar" (New York Times).
pie in the sky
An empty wish or promise: "To outlaw pie in the sky" (Howard H Baker, Jr.).
(Middle English)

World History:
The etymology of the word pie turns etymologists into Simple Simons, that is, we do not know what it is for certain. It may come from Medieval Latin pica or pia, "pie, pasty," but we do not know the origins of these words and the earliest use of the Middle English word pie is earlier (1199) than the first use of Medieval Latin pica (c. 1310) or pia (1230). It has been suggested that Medieval Latin pica may be from Latin, pica, "magpie." The connection could have been made because the miscellaneous nature of pie ingredients might have brought to mind either the magpie's piebald coloration, or its habit of collecting miscellaneous items. In any case, the first pies contained fowl, fish, or meat; the first certain recorded mention of a fruit pie is in Robert Green's Arcadia, published in 1590:"Thy breath is like the steame of apple-pyes."

nutritional content:
measure 1/16 of pie
grams 158
food energy (cal) 410
protein (g) 4
Fat (g) 18
Saturated fats (g) 4.7
Carbohydrate (g) 61
Calcium (milligrams) 22
Iron (milligrams) 1.6
Sodium (milligrams) 480
Vitamin A (I.U.) 7000
Ascorbic Acid (milligrams) 0

Note: Values shown here for these foods may be from several different manufactures and, therefore, may differ somewhat from the values provided by one source.
U.S. Dept. of Health and Human Services and the Dept. of Agriculture dietary guidelines Jan. 2, 1996.