Beaded art has never looked more fun! Kathleen Ryan and her ‘rotten’ over-sized fruit in art sculptures form to look absolutely non-deliciously artistic! This modern art by the New York-based artist, comments on the culture of excess. Using polystyrene foam bases and countless beads carved from precious and semi-precious stones, the pieces transmute the image of discarded and rotting fruit into beautifully intricate contemporary art. To make the modern art fruit, Ryan begins with a large polystyrene base measuring up to 28 inches in width. from this starting point, the artist then paints on the patterns of colours that indicate which part of the lemon or peach will be rotten. Design Limited Edition bets that you had never imagined a “pretty” rotten fruit but this modern art is absolutely fun and it actually makes the fruit that has “gone bad”, good looking. These modern sculptures are made with foam that is then pierced with steel pins that hold the array of gemstones. From the lighter hues of the freshwater pearl to the deep forest green serpentine, the beads exquisitely convey the decaying flesh of the fruit in this modern art project. The use of precious and semi-precious stones for this food art forms an intriguing contrast with our typical reaction to unsightly mould. The modern art pieces, which include lemons, oranges, and peaches, tread a fine line between the beautiful and the grotesque.