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All it takes are a few pearls and small pins to transform ordinary fruit into objects of bling. Ana Straze, an artist and photographer based in Slovenia, is the creator behind these intriguing works of art. Her latest series Forbidden Food, a spin-off to her past work Garden of Eden, explores the various ways everyday objects can be elevated to contemporary artworks. Amongst the totem-like sculptures are half-peeled grapefruit slices balanced delicately on pins, pearl-studded melons, and half a pineapple propped up by pearl-topped needles. Playing with composition, she scrutinizes food from a unique and intriguingly sensual perspective to emphasize their structures, shapes and food values.

Straze’s photography explores the unique relation to the unknown without limiting herself to a certain genre or subject. Speaking more about her artistic aesthetic, she says: “My subjects are simple, which proves the sole way of presenting the idea to the observer. The subjects are ambiguous, should they be surprising, unusual or ordinary, I enable the observer to create their own interpretation and their own stream of thoughts.” You can see more of her work via her website and Instagram.

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Ana Straze Forbidden Food
Ana Straze Forbidden Food
Ana Straze Forbidden Food
Ana Straze Forbidden Food
Ana Straze Forbidden Food

Images © Ana Straze / with permission

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