Fact or Fiction?

My painted fruits and vegetables allow me to experience the handiwork of art making through photography. At the mercy of natural sunlight, my process reflects that of the Impressionists, reacting to changes in sunlight and the mystery of color as I slice into each new creation. Intense highlights and shadows create beautiful compositions that mirror the chiaroscuro paintings of Rembrandt.

The extraneous colors are contrary to reality, yet stray from the suggestion of pure contrivance. I intend the contrasting addition of color to the surface of the produce to evoke a stately sense of beauty that seems only slightly off, almost believable. A textured background seems a curious place for still lifes of fruits and vegetables, and the surroundings allude to a waterfront setting, further questioning whether we can trust the story of the lens.

3 thoughts on “Fact or Fiction?

    1. Your dialogue questions are quite interesting to me, especially question four. Are we losing sight of painting? In some ways, I would say yes. At one time people regarded oil painting as the highest form of artwork an artist could produce. In my college class, only one student aside from myself calls himself a painter, while the others flock to digital format classes such as photography, design, and video.

      In some ways it seems that becoming an artist today is easy. Simply pressing a button on a camera results in a work of art. This requires no drawing ability or understanding of color theory to mix a palette of paint. So in a sense, many artists are losing the traditional, technical aspects of their profession.

      New digital formats can open the door for entirely new outlets of creativity that didn’t exist 100 years ago. Artists can show things in ways never before possible, experimenting with the format of the presentation. A camera captures the sunset, but what happens if you make the print on unusual paper, cover it with an unusual media, or alter it in another way before capturing the print on camera again?

      I have no doubt that innovation in technology has contributed to the dwindling technical skills of artists, but at the same time it has paved the way for new forms of creativity that we have yet to imagine.

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      1. Yes, in the sphere of painting there has been a blur of boundary and digital invasion is diffusing the technical and traditional aspects of their profession…Common people like me find it very difficult to differentiate and appreciate the work out of skill and craft from the work produced using the digital technology…

        At the same time you are very true that Digital Technology is also opening up wonderful avenues for expressing and expanding the outlets of creativity…striking a healthy and ethical balance between the artistic skill and technology usage is need of the hour…such debates add to the facets of this creation and better understanding of this digital dialogue.


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