This week we were given a rather odd project. We were asked to mimic Thomas Bradleys works by trying to piece an apple together that we had dismembered by biting bits out. I, initially, hated this piece as I do not like fruit and the idea of having to bite into the chalky flesh of the apple made me a little queasy. In fact, having to bite into the apple made me gag, and I almost added a bit of vomit to my work as I desperately tried to avoid chewing and swallowing each chunk.
The childlike actions of spitting the pieces out reminded me of my oldest son when he was 18 months old. Instead of eating an apple, he would take tiny little bites, sucked the juices out and would then scrape the pieces out of his mouth with his hand. He would continue to do this till he had taken all the skin of the apple off, then he would proceed to eat the rest core and all. As much as this would irritated me, I now look back at those moments with fondness and remember the trails of apple ‘crumbs’ he would leave as he walked about the house, biting, sucking and scraping.
Much like week one’s workshop with the push n pull, this was not something that would be a “permanent” piece. It was all about the actions and experiences of the participants, as well as the relationship with the objects they were working with. For this, it was the apple, the texture, the taste, the act of attempting to piece this apple back together with toothpicks to re-create the apple. Once I had worked out my plan of attack, I found it rather fun trying to put the apple back together. I was surprised at how well my own apple fit back together.
At home, I decided to attempt this workshop again, but this time I used a lemon from the garden. Unlike the apple, the slices of fruit were far less solid and when I attempted to put the pieces back together I struggled. The brittle nature of this fruit, couple with the juice, meant each slice would just slide off the toothpick. In the end, I used the skin of the lemon to hold it all the bits together in the middle. The results were nothing like what I had managed with the apple, and the result were far less satisfying to the eye (at least personally). However, the overall experience was just as much fun and it was interesting to relate back to the class activities and how vastly different the experiences was by simply using a different fruit.