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Hand with Physalis


Hand with Physalis
archival inkjet print
45.5 x 38.5 cm (18" x 15.25")

Some readers may recall earlier physalis images which I've posted here and here.

Marja-Leena | 08/01/2013 | 10 comments
themes: Hands, Printworks


I do remember your lovely golden filigree heart with great fondness. It's just as beautiful this time.

Susan, thanks, as always for your kind words.

Tämä on niin kaunis! Laitoin sitten minäkin pystyyn uuden blogin Vaskoolin jälkeen. Tervetuloa Kosketukseen!

Taina, kiitos paljon! Uusi blogisi on hieno - onnea sille! Your new art blog is most beautiful and I wish you the best with it and with your upcoming exhibitions.

Stunning hand photos, Marja-Leena - the juxtaposition of solid flesh and fragile plant-form is brilliant and mysterious. Bravo!
And a very happy New Year to you and yours.

Natalie, thanks so much! I'm so pleased you like this series. There's more to come that I finished last month. And I've just got back to the printmaking studio after the holidays to work on several more in the series. I hope they will turn out well.

And a happy healthy and creative New Year to you too!

We call them "poha" here in Hawaii. The berries make great jam.

Hattie, another new to me name for this unusual flower and fruit, thanks. I've never tasted that jam.

You do have very elegant hands, as well as the objects in them.

There are physalis you can eat and those you can't! The edible ones (also called Cape gooseberries, which is unflattering and taxonomically sloppy)are indeed good, jammed or raw, but the inedible, which we used to call Chinese lanterns in our childhood, are, well, inedible!

Lucy, you are kind, thanks! If you saw the prints full size with the hands twice normal, I'm not sure you'd agree though I try not to think too much about those wrinkles. :-) It's the concept... though...hmmm, I suppose in a way it's also a self-portrait of a kind.

Yes, I'm aware of the difference, having a conversation about in some comments on the previous linked posts, I think. I know the ones that grow here are not the edible kind. Thanks for bringing it up for any readers not aware of the difference!