08 March 2006
The Metaphysics of Decay
Eksray Dollhouse retired from his job at the recycling center and took up painting. He was especially partial to still lifes of rotting fruits and vegetables, the smellier and blacker the better. Eksray’s friends accepted his paintings when he offered them as gifts, but none hung them on any of their walls. They were hoping Eksray would eventually turn to painting fresh fruits and vegetables. They sent him bowls of just-picked produce for inspiration. Eksray contemplated the offerings for hours. He poured paint on them and took photographs, then left the pictures in the rain until they dissolved into mush.