The Sweet Shrapnel series germinated after flipping through a magazine celebrating the art of advertising. One page featured an ad with a lemon in it’s imagery, another was a beauty shot of a hand grenade.
I brushed past both pages on my way to another article, barely registering the images. Five minutes later, the grenade and lemon had fused in my subconscious and I was on my way to the grocery store to start the creative process.
The series is not meant to be anti- or pro- anything. It is a representation of my own apprehensions of the effects we have on the world we exist in, move through and change on purpose and accidentally.
With our movement is our potential for amazingly beneficial effects and tragically horrible results, often from the same human- generated event.
We are at a crossroads, as we always have been. Nature has grown up around us, despite us, in spite of us, and even because of us. Our metaphorical fuse has formed it and given it structure, even as it finds its own way around our best intentions.
Sweet Shrapnel's bright colors and simple shapes are a juxtaposition of the chaotic “natural” state over the ordered state that is attempted by the hand of man. It is printed on polished aluminum and presented without a frame, but ready to hang.
If the pin is pulled, it will destroy the fruit. But, the fruit is only the transportation system for the seed, which is designed to be distributed, often violently, to propagate new life.