Medium:Watercolor and Charcoal
Close-up of green, yellow, pink fruit; purple background.
Local Grand Rapids artist Patricia Hendricks Constantine is known for luscious still-life images of fruits and vegetables. Her use of bright, bold colors reflect her upbringing in Florida and growing up in an area where fresh fruits were available year-round. Within her work the fruit also represents identity and feminist issues that are important to Constantine. Historically, fruit is a symbol of fertility, vitality, youth and abundance. Any slight presence of decay however, characterizes the fruit with the inevitable and undeniable mortality that we all face.