Pernambuco Pineapple (2016)  Mixed Media- paper, paint, wax, wire. 16 x 12 x 5inches
Pernambuco Pineapple (2016) Mixed Media- paper, paint, wax, wire. 16 x 12 x 5inches

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

I have done a series of pineapple Breastplates.  Here’s one that’s been sold to a California couple.

The story behind the varied, one we don’t see too often in the States: Pernambuco is a pineapple cultivar grown in the north east of Brazil. Almost 100% of the planted and harvested pineapples in Brazil are Pernambuco. We don’t see many in the States because they are very juicy, have a smaller fiber content and  lower skin and flesh firmness, and are more susceptible to transport injuries than the yellow-ish /orange-ish skinned (Cayenne) pineapples we see in our markets. The Pernambuco has white flesh, is cone shaped (thin & long) and has a green-ish/blue-ish rind.  The leaves are longer and wider than on those pineapples we buy.  BTW I went to Brazil in October and got a good look at them– the national fruit of Brazil–and am posting a photo below..

When I was painting it blue, I was thinking of Vishnu, one of the Hindu Triad of High Beings (Vishnu, Shiva, Brahma).  Vishnu is the  Great Preserver, or Maintainer who takes many forms but always saves humanity from evil demons.  His blue is everywhere, like in the sky & ocean and even the bottom of fire.

So there you have it. A Sacred artistic container for the Divine, a firm-fleshed juicy Brazilian fruit, and an avatar to keep away demons.

Pernambucoseen in Ssao Paolo market. The variety  is cone shaped and thinner than the pineapples we eat in the States.  The flesh is white.
Pernambuco pineapple seen in Sao Paolo market. The variety is cone shaped and thinner than the pineapples we eat in the States. The flesh is white.