Derrick Guild (Scottish; British, b. 1963)
MediumOil on resin
DimensionsWork : 4 1/2 x 7 3/4 x 5 in. (11.43 x 19.68 x 12.7 cm)
Credit LineHope College Collection
LabelDerrick Guild creates still life compositions using naturalistically rendered images of game animals, fruits, vegetables and other foods that initially recall European painting traditions of the 17th and 18th centuries. But Guild's paintings often have a surreal edge that encourages viewers to read them as postmodern allegories about the dangers of over-consumption and environmental collapse. This sculpture playfully references the illusion of perspective in traditional painting, in which two adjacent objects in a composition may seem to be connected to each other. By actually connecting a cantaloupe melon and lemon in this sculpture, Guild creates a disturbing hybrid fruit that evokes popular fears about genetically modified organisms and the introduction of so-called "Franken-foods" into our diet.