Berlin-based designer, Sarah Illenberger, is working on an on-going project entitled “Strange Fruits” where she turns ordinary fruits and in some cases, veggies, into surreal imagined items. An apple made out of human hair? A disco-ball pineapple? Too much awesomeness in one place! Our favourite work is tied between the fruity Rubrics cube and the pomegranate grenade.
As for the artist’s intention, here is an excerpt from Illenberger’s website that likely sheds more light on the situation:
“Defining one category for all the work of Sarah Illenberger is no easy task. The forms the visual translations of her themes assume are far too diverse. What initially sounds quite abstract, in reality, is mostly practical in that her creations are not generated on a computer but rather by meticulous handwork, sometimes incorporating the most mundane materials. A story about love-sickness is visualised through an embroidered design. Variously coloured tablets are used to compose portraits for a magazine. And in Sarah’s hands, beauty products are given new life by being transformed into tourist landmarks. Whatever she creates, it is done with a humorous touch and a great love for detail. Each assignment leads to a unique work of art, sometimes visually enhancing the content of a feature, sometimes to be considered a work in its own right. In her Berlin studio, Sarah Illenberger develops concepts for editorial as well as commercial clients. She mostly works alone, but occasionally teams up with a photographer.”
Prints of the artist’s work are available on her website.