Food for Thought
Call for Entries Accepted Artists
Artist Micheal Haley
The evolution of life to death is a cycle that I’ve been unable to think about in a warm and accepting light. I’ve always been afraid of dying and viewed it with saddening thoughts of the loss that would be left behind. Hoping to stop focusing so much energy on an inevitable part of being alive, I made a conscious decision to change the way I think and feel about this unavoidable fate.
This exhibit explores the process of maturation and decay of organic objects, specifically fruits, and the innate beauty that their decaying physical state encompasses. The fruits were all chosen at different states during their natural life cycle and were allowed to rot naturally in some occasions, or were physically compromised and altered by me. I spent time viewing, handling and recording their growth with hopes of understanding a previously unseen elegance and as a way to understand how I needed to handle these objects in a truthful light to celebrate their existence.
These pieces were created using oil paint, which are ground pigments that use a bonding agent such as linseed or safflower oils which are derived from living matter themselves. So these pieces will also succumb to the degradation of time. The small scale of the pieces are meant to invite viewers to a close and intimate look at the objects presented. The soft handling and careful rendering of the textures breathes life into organic objects that will soon change with the passage of time. The vibrant colors chosen to represent matured fruits celebrates what they once were and the way I choose to remember their graceful and beautiful form during their life.