Angela Faustina's paintings turn familiar kitchen scenes into in an arbitrary space where glistening, close-cropped fruit pulp becomes its own vibrant world. Hyper-magnifying the inside of ripe fruit in oil paint pays homage to traditional still life paintings while distorting the genre. Varying the scale of both the paintings and the species of fruit further heightens the enigma, blurring the boundaries between abstraction and representation, the microcosmic and macrocosmic, attraction and repulsion, whimsy and the scientific. Its displacement may feel alien, but the common subject matter serves as a connector across world culture. Faustina's paintings offer a self-described weird, quiet moment within the frenetic energy of modern life. The paintings’ black backgrounds are a nod to the late 17th C., the height of still life painting and the rise of so called “Sunday painters” or oil painting hobbyist who commonly used fruit-based subject matter.
"Cloaked in symbolism, fruit is widespread in art history," says Faustina. "I exploit the beautiful, prosperous, fertile, tempestuous, and sensual connotations it carries by preserving its viscosity at the peak of ripeness. Unlike memento mori, I shield the fruit from rot and decay. Its delicate organic structure, luscious colors, and contrasting juicy and pulpy textures will live forever in my work."
Faustina's artwork is internationally collected and has been featured in exhibitions in Florida, Georgia, Italy, and Portugal.