My artwork is magnified reinterpretations of the fruit imagery found in traditional still life paintings. This piece is a painting of the inside of a pomegranate picked from a local farm near my old studio in Sarasota, Florida. Hyper-magnifying the inside of ripe fruit in oil paint pays homage to traditional still life paintings while distorting the genre, turning familiar tablescapes and kitchen scenes into in an unknown space where the glistening, close-cropped fruit pulp becomes its own world.
The pomegranate is emblematic across the globe, representing beauty, abundance, and fertility in Jewish and Muslim beliefs, life and regeneration to Christians and Greeks, prosperity in Buddhism, and strength and eternal life to Persians. From ancient cultures to contemporary times, pomegranate art is a popular gift for life events like weddings, housewarmings, and coming of age ceremonies.
My magnified reinterpretations of the fruit imagery found in traditional still life paintings are collected internationally. I have been featured in exhibitions in Florida, Italy, and Portugal since 2006 and also completed a 5 month residency at MIRA: Martignano International Residency for Artists in Italy in 2011.
This is an original, one-of-a-kind painting. It is an oil painting on professional-grade deep cradled painting panel and measures 6″ long by 6″ wide and 1 5/8″ deep. It is signed by me, Angela Faustina, on the back of the canvas. The edges of the painting are painted black. The piece is ready to hang but not framed. Depending on your computer, colors may vary slightly from photographs.
Exhibition History for this piece:
2016 Ripe: Still Life Paintings by Angela Faustina presented by Sarasota Orchestra, Harmony Gallery, Sarasota, Florida.
2015 – 2016 ARTicles Gallery, St. Petersburg, FL.
As you can see in the last photo, my small paintings look beautiful together!