hand holding apple apples on sheet
apple on plate apple in hat

Adam, Paul, Georgia, and René

I always feel like I’m cheating when I’m at an art museum and read the text on the wall before looking at the art. But my eyes can’t help it—they meander over to glance at the title, artist name, and what the curator has to say about the work. It has taken me many years to unlearn this habit and experience visual art like a child again, absorbing what I see, not read.

So this is the shadow—the explanation for the images on the left. But I’m not going to give it to you on a silver platter. What’s even the point of showing you these images of apples? So many artists in history have already painted or photographed an apple! (wink, wink) You already know what an apple looks like—you probably even know what it tastes like! But do you know what this apple tastes like?

As an artist and landscape designer, Charling Chen’s work ranges in media and scale. She draws from her background in music, dance, architecture, and exhibition design. Charling received her BA in Architecture from Washington University in St. Louis.