Modfellows Art Gallery Presents: The Size of a Grapefruit by Danielle Krysa

The Size of a Grapefruit is a new upcoming exhibition at Modfellows Art Gallery. This show features a collection by artist Danielle Krysa that takes audiences on a journey of growth as they watch the beautiful blossom from the ugly. The title is derived from Krysa’s interest in measuring pain, as doctors often use fruit size to describe tumors. Krysa discovered that one in three women will learn that her pain is caused by “a large orange, a small melon, several cherries, a few plums, a medium-sized grapefruit, etc.”

In The Size of a Grapefruit, the viewer finds an altar space, behind a curtain, where they can connect intimately with a sanctuary of “specimen jar” sculptures that reimagine pain and loss as jewelry, of crystals, “sugar-coated” fruits and flora, shattered ceramics and hundreds of lipstick-stained clay cigarettes. Krysa’s mixed media collages hang on the gallery walls, clay butts replaced by paper cigarettes, but the message is always the same: difficulties, grief and pain will try to hold us back, but if this waste is used as fertilizer, we can blossom into something even more beautiful.

Danielle Krysa is a Canadian artist who earned a Bachelor of Fine Arts and a Graduate Diploma in Design. Online, she is known as the Jealous Curator. In print, she is the author of “Creative Block,” “Your Inner Critic is a Big Jerk,” “A Big Important Art Book—Now with Women,” and her first children’s book, “How to Spot an Artist”. In the studio, she combines found images and old objects to create new stories. With The Size of a Grapefruit, Krysa takes us on a blossoming journey of transformation from ugliness and pain into something elegant and precious, asking us if the broken can still be beautiful.

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