To Abate Empty Offerings (Still Life 1)

Diana Shpungin, To Abate Empty Offerings (Still Life 1), 2022

Hand-applied graphite pencil on chain link fencing, an assortment of cast fruit, fabric flowers, a cast skull, and tree branches with hand-applied abaca
6 x 12 x 1 feet

A section of chain link fencing is hand-coated in graphite and laid across the floor.  The fence holds an abundance of fake fruit cast from plastic and coated in graphite.  Graphite and abaca covered tree limbs weave through the looping metal and a graphite-coated cast human skull sits among the sinister bounty, jawbone slightly agape as if waiting for this emaciated cornucopia to deliver its false promises.

photography: Etienne Frossard