sour lemon

November 13, 2020

I found a mouldy lemon in our fridge and immediately I thought about Kathleen Ryan’s giant bedazzled fruits. The artist uses thousands of beads and semi-precious stones (agate, garnet, smokey quartz, lapis lazuli and pearls, to name a few) to create the appearance of mould on her decaying lemons, cherries, oranges and grapes. It takes eight weeks to make a single sculpture. Mass consumption, waste and sexuality are all themes in her work. “The sculptures are beautiful and pleasurable, but there’s an ugliness and unease that comes with them,” says Ryan.

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