Artist Statement: Karyn Fearnside
During 2012 we grew tomatillo’s (pronounced tohm-ah-TEE-oh) a small fruit encased in a papery husk, that is the main ingredient in salsa verde. I made one bowl of salsa which the kids did not like. Over the winter the few unpicked tomatillo’s decayed and in the spring my daughter found a very interesting skeletal form, intricate tomatillo shells only a few centimetres long.
I immediately began photographing the delicate husk and this body of work explores the fragile structure through photographs, drawings, printing and computer manipulation. The viewer is able to appreciate the tiny lacy shape through the images.