Wednesday, March 23, 2011


I constructed this still life out of an apple and the top to a fire hydrant. The apple simply represents food and the shortage of food, and how we tend to take it for granted to easily. Yet, presently in Japan, grocery store shelves are empty, people are sharing small portions, and they are not getting the amount of food they need or are used to. Earlier today, I was complaining to a friend that I was hungry because all I had eaten today was an apple. Just one apple.Yet that's more than the majority of the world, including those currently in Japan, get on a daily basis.

I chose to include the fire hydrant top for a few reasons. First, it represents a source of water, which has become just as scarce as food has. Next, it represents humanitarian aide to the nation. The entire world has to pitch in to assist in the cleaning and rebuilding of Japan. Also, it represents the attempts of Japanese forces to contain the problem at the nuclear reactors along the west coast. Lastly, the fact that it is separated from the hydrant and that I chose to show the underside of it, which is all rusted, represents the destruction and damage done by the hurricane. The entire Japanese society has been dismantled and turned upside down in one day.

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