Fruit in Art

Fruit has been used symbolically in art for many years. For me, the use of fruit describes a fragility and a moment in time due to the perishable nature of fruit.

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Giovanni Ambrogio Figino (1548–1608)

The use of fruit in art has been describes as “symbolic reminders of life’s impermanence. Additionally, a skull, an hourglass or pocket watch, a candle burning down or a book with pages turning, would serve as a moralizing message on the ephemerality of sensory pleasures. Often some of the fruits and flowers themselves would be shown starting to spoil or fade to emphasize the same point.”

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Balthasar van der Ast (1593/1594–1657)

Now, with our technological advancements we can literally show the process of fruit decaying and a new mould/life form growing.

Sam Taylor-Wood – Still Life (2001)

In my current work I can use the idea of both traditional still life and modern computer-based media to create something new.

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