Sunday Evening Art Gallery — Kathleen Ryan

Artist Kathleen Ryan creates a conversation between the beautiful and the grotesque in her oversized sculptures of mold-covered fruit.Ryan turns blight to beauty, using precious and semi-precious stones like malachite, garnet, opal, tiger’s eye, and smoky quartz to form a design of common rot on beautiful, ripe fruit.

Her larger-than-life foam bases are modeled on ripe fruits such as lemons and cherries.She uses variously-sized faceted stones; stones cut into spheres, cubes, and tetrahedrons; stones carved into shapes, for example, blossoms; as well as raw rocks and seashells.Ryan is redefining the interpretation of rotting fruit — bruised, green and white mold, even a gathering of fruit flies become sparkling masterpieces as beauty turns into ugly and back.Her “Bad Fruit” sculptures are a representation of the innate beauty and life of decay.“The sculptures are beautiful and pleasurable, but there’s an ugliness and unease that comes with them,” Ryan says. “They’re not just opulent, there’s an inherent sense of decline built into them.”More of Kathleen Ryan‘s amazing work can be found at New York Times and the Green Art Gallery.

 

9 thoughts on “Sunday Evening Art Gallery — Kathleen Ryan

      1. When you look from further away it looks like real mold, but when you look close you can see all the beautiful gems. I don’t think many people would want it in their homes, unless you want to shock them.

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