A Russian artist has become famous after he presented an entire gallery of fruit and vegetables carved in the form of skulls as a sign of protest against one of the strongest social problems on the planet, which many seem to ignore.
Dimitry Tsykalov is the name of the artist who has set up his plan to raise awareness about the large quantities of meals that are wasted in developed countries and the famine that others spend.
The images have been viralized in the networks and with this the work became one of the most popular in addition to having hundreds of comments that give the support to the artist for his good act. The products you use are all kinds of fruits such as apples, watermelons, berengeras and vegetables to form the skull of humans while to do so it uses an infinite number of materials such as drills, spoons, axes, knives or any other instrument that can help you with the final 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 hurry to do them because the oxidation of the fruits helps to feed more his work since he takes it as the “fleeting 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 from the apple where you can see more clearly the oxidation. In order to take the photo he used an ektachrome film and negative 10 by 12 centimeters. But what led the artist to use the symbol of death in these elements? In an interview he was given a few years ago, he spoke precisely about the meaning of the passage of time: Fruit skulls play with 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 than one thought: There is a reference to the catacombs of the old days and supermarkets, where fruits and vegetables are stacked. I’m warning an analogy between cemeteries and supermarkets. My works convey a critique of the consumer society in which huge amounts of food are wasted every day. 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 think art should be a way to investigate the mechanisms of our society. Do you agree with the actor’s position in taking food to make his social criticism but who says “They are wasted in other countries” but is doing the same?
Write your opinion in the comment box and tell us how else you could also become aware of this problem or whether to make everyone aware you must portray in this raw way what is happening.