Who could have thought that moldy, rotten fruit could be beautiful? As it turns out, anything is possible at the hands of talented artist, Kathleen Ryan. Ryan has perfected the art of turning fruit sculptures into mesmerizing, moldy-looking pieces of art. To make the fruit, she uses a polystyrene base measuring up to 28 inches in width. The artist then proceeds to paint the patterns of the mold and tops it off by individually placing dozens of precious and semi-precious gemstones to create the decay. The ultimate result of her work is mesmerizing - for a split second, the gems create an illusion of real mold, but then you realize you've been tricked by excellent craftsmanship. Ryan uses a variety of gemstones such as opal, smoky quartz, malachite and many others.

The New York-based artist studied Studio Art and Anthropology at Pitzer College and received a Master’s of Fine Arts from U.C.L.A. Ryan is represented by Josh Lilley's gallery where her solo show was held last year. This year, her work was showcased at MIT’s List Visual Arts Center in Cambridge, Massachusetts and The New Art Gallery in Walsall, U.K. Also, her works appeared as part of Desert X in Coachella, CA.

More info: Instagram | joshlilleygallery.com

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Thisleton Woodrow Amadeus Tunt
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5 months ago

I only have one question...why?

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Lotus Flower
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5 months ago

Big whoop. I’ve created moldy oranges with zero effort.

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Blueplanet
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5 months ago

This doesn't look like moldy fruit. This is by far the best-looking

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Tawny
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5 months ago

*Audibly shudders* worst thing is when you touch it, it's smooth and hard-- (and not edible--)

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Ahnnah Newell
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5 months ago

WOW....That is beautiful...👌🏻

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Joyce Laundrie
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5 months ago

I agree with that 1st comment, WHY? To me, it's not pleasing to the eye, and I love gem stones.

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Maureen Peters
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5 months ago

Awesome...Forbidden fruits!

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Ms Phit
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5 months ago

I agree! I love these

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Antonio Celso Ribeiro
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5 months ago

beautiful and exquisite!

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Ahnnah Newell
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5 months ago

That's so cool.

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JAYDA SHUTTER
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5 months ago

reminds me of maggots

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Felicia Dale
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5 months ago

Stunning...

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Katie Hutcheon
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5 months ago

That's definitely got a face

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karina andersen
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5 months ago

I am now a collector

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Joyce Laundrie
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5 months ago

Do they sell these, or just look at them?

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karina andersen
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5 months ago

absolutely stunningly brilliant

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Susan Hochgraef
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3 months ago (edited)

I REALLY want to touch these! The tactile sensations would be awesome!

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Ayasophya Alturas
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4 months ago

pshh.. i can make these without gemstones!

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Maureen Peters
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5 months ago

Special Art! I like this!

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