Beautiful Moldy Over-sized Fruit Sculptures By Kathleen Ryan

Could moldy, rotten fruits be beautiful? Anything is possible for New York-based artist Kathleen Ryan. Discover this new series of over-sized fruit sculptures!

Using polystyrene foam bases and countless beads carved from precious and semi-precious stones, she then paints on the patterns of colors that indicate which part of the lemon or peach will be rotten. With steel pins that hold the array of gemstones, Ryan pierced the foam.

The precious and semi-precious stones used are malachite, opal, and smoky quartz to form the simulacrum of common green rot on each fruit.

The ultimate result of her work is mesmerizing – for a split second, the gems create an illusion of real mold, but then you realize you’ve been tricked by excellent craftsmanship. Fruits represented are lemons, peaches and oranges.

Artist Kathleen Ryan studied Studio Art and Anthropology at Pitzer College and received a Master’s of Fine Arts from U.C.L.A. This year, her work was showcased at MIT’s List Visual Arts Center in Cambridge, Massachusetts and The New Art Gallery in Walsall, U.K. Also, her works appeared as part of Desert X in Coachella, CA.

View this post on Instagram #TProcess: It takes eight weeks for the artist Kathleen Ryan (@katieryankatieryan) to fabricate one of her massive, moldy fruits made from #gemstones. While each gem — darkly striated emerald-green malachite, milky iridescent opal, smoky quartz — is itself hard and lustrous, together they simulate colonies of fuzzy mold, particularly the common fungus known as green rot (Penicillium digitatum). “The sculptures are beautiful and pleasurable, but there’s an ugliness and unease that comes with them,” Ryan says. This one is called "Sour Sparkle" (2019). Video @jordantaylorfuller. A post shared by T: The NYTimes Style Magazine (@tmagazine) on Sep 16, 2019 at 8:49am PDT

project name: ‘green-eyed monster’, ‘serptenine foam’, ‘fool’s mold’ and ‘bad peach’
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