Second-Hand Plates By Karen Ryan Really Dish It Out

When Karen Ryan says she’s got a lot on her plate, she means it. The U.K.-based artist illustrates the phrase literally with charming second-hand plates emblazoned with “anger,” “fear,” “guilt,” and “hate.” Meant to expose the domestic conscience, the removal of whatever decorative pattern the dishes come with symbolically reveals harsher truths. Can you imagine the sweet revenge of handing a plate full of food to a frenemy who finds the message on the bottom? Of course, there are some positive slogans, like “beauty” and “beloved,” which may be more fitting for those relationships you handle with care. []