Fruit Preserves is an exploration of decay and protection. I have encapsulated fruit including apples, lemons, pears, clementines, and strawberries, inside of shells made from various materials. While the materials that envelop the fruit may range from metal solder to wax to enamel paint, the fruit are protected to various degrees. Some fruits are protected in a hard shell, while others remain soft and malleable. The project was an effort to save the fruit from decay, and protect them from their decomposition. Ultimately though, the fruit could not be saved. Even the coatings that seem to be airtight have sticky juices and residue seeping to the outside of the shells. The fruit are mummies as well as votives, preserved to a degree and presented as tokens that resist decay.
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4 Clementines
clementines, copper foil, metal solder
Clementine Punctured by Pins
clementine, pins, wax, wire
Soldered Clementine
clementine, copper, metal solder
Lemon in Clay Casing
lemon, epoxy clay, studio debris
Soldered Apple
apple, copper foil, metal solder
Apple in Debris Casing
apple, gold glitter, sawdust, baking soda, coffee, wax, poultry staple
Enamel Lemon
lemon, enamel, poultry staple
Soldered Clementine with Pins
clementine, copper, metal solder, pins
Withered Lemon with Clay Casing
lemon, epoxy clay, poultry staple
Apple with Pins in Salt Casing
apple, pins, salt, glue
Clementine in Solder
clementine, copper, metal solder
Clementine in Debris Casing
clementine, sawdust, baking soda, glitter, studio debris, poultry staple, glue
Soldered Lemon
lemon, copper, metal solder
Clementine in Clay Casing
clementine, epoxy clay, gold dust, poultry staple
Soldered Clementine
clementine, copper, metal solder
Clementine in Copper
clementine, copper
Apple in Paint Casing
apple, graphite powder, acrylic paint
Soldered Strawberry I
strawberry, copper, metal solder
Soldered Strawberry II
strawberry, copper, metal solder
Soldered Strawberry III
strawberry, copper, metal solder
Waxed Pear
pear, baking soda, studio debris, wax
Clementine in Solder II
clementine, copper, metal solder
Beaded and Enameled Lemon
lemon, beads, pins, enamel
Waxed Apple in Shell
apple, studio debris, wax, shell
Soldered Apple with Holes
apple, copper foil, copper wire, metal solder
Fruit Preserves
Fruit and mixed media
Dimensions variable
2020
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