A little while ago I finished my spatial sculpting class with one of the art schools in Berlin, Weißensee. Finally, after weeks of changing and shifting ideas, materials, and methods, I finally created something that was, in the beginning, totally zufällig. One morning, Chris and I were making breakfast, and decided to chop up some fresh fruit. The skins of the kiwis naturally became the center of my piece and my ideas for the installation.
I, in the end, decided to use empty glass jars–- jars for soups, jams, sauces, pestos— and place the skins or stems or trash from various vegetables and fruits in the jars, covering the tops with transparent paper. The jars went on a light table in a semi-haphazard arrangement. I, in creating this, was hoping to bring up the contrast between culture and nature, how people alter what they interact with (in this case, foods in two ways, in jarring or canning them and also in having trash or leftovers), and thus the projection of the cultural onto the natural. The trash of fruits and vegetables, all of which had been at least partially consumed, were once again returned to jars which once contained foods, all of which had been consumed. The foods were thus first destroyed by men, in eating them, and then by mold, fungus, and so on, as the jars were left out and created at various stages throughout the semester. As the foods are destroyed, they become mediums of growth as well, forcing us to ask the true meanings of destruction and creation. I created a simple and quiet answer to the semesters questions of motion, processes, and so on, and made a strange breakfast table.