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Citrus Symphony - Giclée Art Prints

Citrus Symphony - Giclée Art Prints

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 Artist Statement

Oranges forever remind me of this passage from a book named "Catherine, Called Birdy" that I read when I was in about fourth grade.
"Something called an orange, shriveled and dry, with a brown musty smell. When I close my eyes, under the must I can smell just a hint of sweet hot sunshine. George says when they are new, oranges taste like water from the rivers of Paradise."
I have remembered that passage for over TWENTY years. 20. That has stuck with me since childhood, that description of an orange. The book is a 1994, Newbery award winning middle grade novel about a 13th century English girl. The main character, Catherine, was a feisty, mouthy feminist. This being medieval ages, she was WAY before her time, and a role model for me before I even knew what feminism was. It's an enchanting middle grade and one of my favorite books ever. I've probably read it 20 times.

Words have unbounded amounts of power, and the books we give to kids matter SO much. The books WE read matter so much. They color our lives with meaning and description, they give us beauty to live by. They grow our minds. What more could you want out of a stack of papers?

Furthermore, I'm just so drawn to these beautiful fruits. The texture, the aroma, the gorgeous waxy leaves dancing to and fro, like a ballet. I picked these up at the market and I knew I should do a photo with them. I previously did an orange piece with books last winter, inspired by my love of that passage, and thought it would be fun to revisit as I always think my reworks are a big improvement. What I ended up with was this joyful citrus symphony. I hope it makes you as happy as it does me.


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