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Maker(s):Gillespie, Gregory Joseph
Culture:American (1936 - 2000)
Title:Meditations on the Seed
Date Made:1986
Materials:Encaustic, crayon, ink, collage and watercolor on paperboard
Place Made:United States
Measurements:sheet: 15 1/2 in x 15 11/16 in; 39.4 cm x 39.8 cm
Narrative Inscription:  signature and date in black crayon at lower center: Gillespie 86
Accession Number:  SC 2012.1.11
Credit Line:Gift of The Pokross Art Collection, donated in accordance with the wishes of Muriel Kohn Pokross, class of 1934 by her children, Joan Pokross Curhan, class of 1959, William R. Pokross and David R. Pokross Jr. in loving memory of their parents, Muriel Kohn Pokross, class of 1934 and David R. Pokross
Museum Collection:  Smith College Museum of Art

two cartoon-like figures looking at a split piece of fruit set on a flower printed pillow with a flower attached to it

Label Text:
Meditations on the Seed, a work of which other versions exist, is a particularly layered and complex work. Gillespie takes the viewer on an existential quest, writing the question right onto his work: “What is in the pit?”

The pit in question is rendered as many things at once: a vagina, a halved peach, or the core of some strange feminized fruit from which a tropical plant hatches. The two strange figures, male and female, that hover over the object seem equally alien, yet uncomfortably quaint at the same time, emphasized by the colorful patterned tablecloth. The pale male figure seems to have an almost invisible insect or bird hovering over his eyes. Peeking at the lower left of the work we find a small face, one eye staring directly at the viewer.

men; fruit; flowers

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