Kathleen Ryan (1984-) is a New York-based sculptor who sculpts moldy fruits by using semi-precious gemstones as a medium. These moldy fruits are actually allegories for sexuality, decadence, and the cycle of life. Here are some of Ryan’s most fascinating sculptures from her various exhibitions.
Bad Grapes from the Bad Grapes Series, 2020
The mediums are as follows: Amethyst, aventurine, agate, garnet, pyrite, ruby in zoisite, tektite, tiger eye, turquoise, serpentine, obsidian, blackstone, Indian unakite, labradorite, Sierra agate, red agate, black agate, serpentine, quartz, marble, amazonite, rhyolite, calcite, dalmatian jasper, glass, steel and stainless steel pins, copper tube and copper fittings, and polystyrene.
Bad Melon by Kathleen Ryan, 2020
The mediums are as follows: Cherry quartz, rose quartz, agate, amazonite, jasper, aventurine, rhodonite, rhodochrosite, labradorite, smoky quartz, quartz, Botswana agate, carnelian, horn, citrine, glass, cast iron and brass flies, steel and stainless steel pins, polystyrene, aluminum Airstream.
Bad Cherries from the Karma Series, 2021
Jackie from the Karma Series, 2021
Bad Lemon (Armadillo) by Kathleen Ryan from the Karma Series, 2021
The mediums are as follows: Tiger eye, tektite, limestone, agate, amber, lava rock, turquoise, magnesite, carnelian, serpentine, garnet, citrine, brecciated jasper, tigerskin jasper, unakite, moonstone, pyrite, mother of pearl, black turban shell, horn, acrylic, glass, steel pins on coated polystyrene.