The art series titled Blown by Julie Randall, an artist living and working in New York City and Connecticut, shows just how subjective art can be. It focuses on an incredibly insignificant and disposable object: chewed bubble gum. But the concentration on the details of each glob of gum and accompanying bubble illustrates that there is beauty in just about anything. Especially when it comes to something as nostalgic as blowing bubble gum.
The artist writes, "Bubblegum initially connotes innocent, cheeky pleasure, yet the fragile skin of gum also points to the susceptibility of the body, and the dreaded passage of time." Through Blown by Julie Randall, the idea of life and vulnerability is also addressed. The bubble symbolizes breath while its diaphanous surface becomes as fragile as the human body.
Chewing Gum Portraits
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