Wednesday, December 2, 2015

Garbage Night Painting

Tonight is going to be our weekly garbage night, and in preparation I was pulling some past-the-eat-by-date fruit out of the fridge.  It made me think of the creepily lush17th century Dutch still life paintings of decaying food.  According to Simon Schama in his wondrous book The Embarrassment of Riches, these paintings, called desegregation (unfortunately this keyboard has no accent marks for the e's) or "coming apart,"  are meditations on the constant flux and movement of life even in death.  So here are two limes on their way to turning back into soil and then into some other plant and four grapes on their way to fermenting in the compost heap and turning into the insects that get a little drunk on their winey juice----

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