A Russian artist has become famous after he presented a whole gallery of fruit and vegetables carved in the shape of skulls as a sign of protest against one of the strongest social problems on the planet and that many seem to ignore.
Dimitry Tsykalov is the name of the artist who has launched his plan to raise awareness about the large amounts of food that are wasted in developed countries and the famine suffered by others. The images have been viralized on the networks and with this the work became one of the most famous, in addition to having hundreds of comments that support the artist for his good deed.
The products he uses are all kinds of fruits such as apples, watermelons, eggplants and vegetables to form the skull of humans while to do so he uses an infinite number of materials such as drills, spoons, axes, knives or any other instrument that can help him. with the end result.
In this photograph we can appreciate the finish that the watermelon has after being in the hands of Tsykalov who says that he does not rush to make them since the oxidation of the fruits helps to feed his work more since he takes it as the “transience of the life”.
Another of the many fruits that we have seen in the shape of a skull since it has been portrayed by the same author is the apple where the oxidation can be seen more clearly. In order to take the photo he used Ektachrome film and a 10 by 12 centimeter negative.
But what was it that led the artist to use the symbol of death in these elements? In an interview that they did to him a few years ago, he answered that he spoke precisely about the meaning of the passage of time:
Fruit skulls play on the traditional sense of still lifes, they are a reminder of the transience of life and the inevitability of death.
In addition to this, the interviewer asked him why he stacked them and his answer was much more forceful that made more than one think:
There is a reference to the catacombs of the old days and to supermarkets, where fruits and vegetables are piled high. I notice an analogy between cemeteries and supermarkets. My works convey a critique of the consumer society in which huge amounts of food are wasted on a daily basis. Eating is necessary for life, but no one knows how much poison we are eating. Fruit skulls have, in this sense, an ecological interpretation. I believe that art should be a way to investigate the mechanisms of our society.
Do you agree with the actor’s position on eating food to make his social criticism but as he says “They are wasted in other countries” but he is doing the same? Write your opinion in the comment box and tell us how else we could also become aware of this problem or if for everyone to become aware it must portray what is happening in this crude way.