Monday, October 12, 2009

New Fruit - Art


New Fruit is a colorful piece with a single, dominating figure featured in the center of this painting. The fruit in this piece is colorful and instantly recognizable as fruit, though it is not any identifiable type of fruit typically found in modern supermarkets. Yet its shape and tropical colors reflect its fruit-like nature. The fruit appears to have a brown rind of some sort protecting a colorful, fleshy interior. A bisecting cut reveals the fruit’s interior vibrancy.

The warmly colored circle visible in the fruit’s interior is quite significant. The warm coral color suggests warmth and life, suggesting that this sphere may be a seed being protected by the fruit. In this way, the painting alludes to the biological purpose of fruit, which is to reproduce. The fruit protects the seed until it is planted; in fact, the fruit is the female reproductive feature of a plant. Fruit as a reproductive object is addressed in this piece, and New Fruit is a visually compelling and thought-provoking piece that encourages to think about fruit’s significance, other than in the produce section of the local supermarket.

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