Just in time for Miami Art Week, museum-goers at the Pérez Art Museum Miami can have their art and eat it too. To honor its newest exhibition, “Sun Splashed” by Jamaican-born, Brooklyn-based artist Nari Ward, Verde has created a menu to pair with Ward’s artwork.
“I was so inspired by the mediums he uses,” executive chef Kaytlin Brakefield says. “I wanted to write a menu based off of how the artwork inspires me in the kitchen. It’s such a big responsibility to create something from someone else’s art.”
Brakefield’s hope was to translate Ward’s artistic vision, which embraces various media channels with the recurrent use of found objects to represent native Jamaica including ideas of migration and movement, urban space, and vernacular traditions, to something simple and tasty. In her translation, Brakefield constructed a menu that fuses traditional Jamaican ingredients, often considered “lost” ingredients, with references to installations within his exhibit.
“What I got from researching his work is that he uses easily found objects to create beautiful installations,” she says. “For me, I translated that into the kitchen by trying to make dishes from ingredients we already had. I wanted to use everything in the kitchen, just like he repurposes things. I really took that to heart to try to create this menu basically out of nothing.”