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American Artist Makes Art From Fruit and It's So Sexy You'll Blush (NSFW)

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Social Content Producer
Updated: 21 December 2017
If you thought grapefruits were just a breakfast food, think again!

American artist Stephanie Sarley has redefined sex and art with her incredible series of fruit art videos. Taking Instagram by storm, the works are provocative, meaningful and addictive to watch. It’s basically impossible to look away!

Gapefruit

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As she describes in her artist’s statement, Sarley has an ‘innate eye for detail’. She explains of her practice: ‘I approach my art in search of the unseen and unexpected.’

Inspired by fruits and vegetables one sees in a local food shop, Sarley utilises the untraditional medium of fruit to recreate basic human experiences such as fertility and self-love, exploring sex through ripe and tantalising food sources and giving them a whole new meaning.

Think milk oozing out of tangerines and fingers caressing and poking through the central cavity of a half grapefruit.

⛲️💨

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There is even a peach that will give its emoji equivalent a whole new meaning.

🥛🍑🥚

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But Sarley’s goal is much greater than to shock, thrill or entice. As she eloquently states: ‘I work to reclaim women’s sexuality in art, evoking the female gaze, confronting the male gaze and the concept of the “muse” by personifying female archetypes.’

By using fruit as her medium, Sarley evades the Big Brother-esque eye of censorship present across the world’s social media platforms, thereby creating both a protest and performance at the same time.

Happy Halloween!

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But the work is meant to be fun too. Sarley expresses that she approaches her work with ‘humor and absurdity’, and adds that ‘there’s a naughty playfulness in every aspect of my art’.

Next time you reach for that orange, we dare you not to have Sarley’s work in mind.