Abject Fruit: Strawberry – Anouska Leyens, City & Guilds of London Art School
Polystyrene & Foam Roses / 190 x 90 x 70cm
Resembling plants and fruit, the aim of these pieces is to make the familiar seem uneasy, exploring themes of the uncanny and the abject.I made these pieces by carving polystyrene into an abstract shape and piercing the surface with brightly coloured objects. ‘Strawberry’ has been pierced with individual coloured roses in a delicate pattern. These works initially appear plush, attractive and inviting, but can evoke a growing feeling of horror or repulsion when the juxtaposing surface and inverted overwhelming colours are explored.