Photo & People

Making Art Lasts

Anything can be made into art, even an avocado or popcorn. Designer Rose Claudel and artist Antonio Pierre Fernandez find joy in transforming something so simple and holds a fleeting life span into an art form that lasts much longer than it originally could.

Avocado designer, Rose Claudel, muses over the avocado in her hands. A delicate fruit, the avocado flesh turns brown quickly after exposure to air. Rose is well aware of the impending reality. Bathed in the reverie of creating art, she carves the flesh off in swift and practised moves, transforming the fruit into an art piece. "To make their best moment eternal, I have to take photos of them," she says.

Shot with Canon EOS M3; EF-M18-55mm f/3.5-5.6 IS STM

Photographs give one the opportunity to view at one's leisure; they are not limited by an expiration date. If one were to exhibit a real avocado artwork, the exhibition wouldn't last for a day. However, a photographic display works in more practical ways, targets a boarder audience and yields higher number of views.

Popcorn artist Antonio Pierre Fernandez shares similar sentiments. "This tiny little popcorn has an infinite potential in it, like a cosmos, putting it into the fire, this seed metamorphoses itself," he says. Piece by piece he fixes the popcorns, and sees it evolves from a singular bit into a delicate piece of art.

While preservatives may not be the best choice to preserve the popcorn artwork, photography proves otherwise. In the video, Antonio whips out his Canon DSLR to take pictures of his popcorn creation, and then proceeds to print it out from a PIXMA printer. A preservation long enough to showcase the work far beyond its original perishable shelf life.

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