JP Terlizzi

JP Terlizzi is a New York City visual artist whose practice explores themes of memory, relationship, and identity. His images are rooted in the personal and heavily influenced around the notion of home, legacy, and family. He is curious how the past relates to the present and how that impacts and shapes one’s identity. Born and raised in the farmlands of Central New Jersey, JP earned a BFA in Communication Design at Kutztown University of PA with a background in graphic design and advertising. He has studied photography at both the International Center of Photography in New York and Maine Media College in Rockport, ME. JP has been recognized as a 2019 and 2018 Critical Mass Top 50 Recipient. His work has been exhibited widely in galleries and museums across the US and held in both permanent and private collections. He is currently represented by Foto Relevance Gallery in Houston TX.

Artist’s Statement

The Good Dishes is visual artist JP Terlizzi’s current series which integrates memory, legacy and metaphor with the artists response to family loss.

Eating is a physical need, but meals are a social ritual. Utilizing passed down heirlooms of friends and family, The Good Dishes celebrates the memory of family and togetherness by integrating legacy and inheritance. This series focuses on stylized rituals of formal tableware while drawing inspiration from classic still life paintings. Background textiles are individually designed and constructed to reflect patterns found in each table setting while presentation, etiquette and formality are disassociated by using food and fine china in unconventional ways as metaphors for the beauty and intimacy that are centered around meal and table.