Spark and Echo Arts is delighted to feature a new painting, Two Bites: Still Life with Blood Orange, by Braden Williams. Mr. Williams created the work in response to Genesis 3:6, as part of our collection of artworks exploring the theme “Beginning” … in this case the beginning of sin.

Braden Williams, Two Bites: Still Life with Blood Orange, 2012, oil on linen, 20 x 16 inches
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Genesis 3:6 When the woman saw that the fruit of the tree was good for food and pleasing to the eye, and also desirable for gaining wisdom, she took some and ate it. She also gave some to her husband, who was with her, and he ate it.

From the Artist: This piece is intended to represent the moment of the beginning of sin. The forbidden fruit represented by a blood orange (In contrast to the popular thought that it was specifically an apple) spills its juices on barren earth, bringing to mind Jesus’ blood that stained the ground in order to bring redemption to the earth. Pairs of feet pointing in opposite directions surrounded by failed attempts at covering show the broken relationships brought by selfishness, rebellion, and pride.

My primary desire as an artist is to reflect the Christian idea of redemption (one I personally experience) through finding, revealing and expressing value in what has been otherwise considered trash, worthless, useless, or despised.

Read more of Mr. Williams’ artist statement and see more of his work at www.BradenW.com.

Braden Williams received his BFA from Western State College of Colorado, in Ceramics. He received his MFA from the New York Academy of Art. His sculptures and paintings can be found in various public and private collections. Braden has experience in a very wide range of media from marble to homemade walnut ink. He is most comfortable, however, working in oil.  He currently lives and works in Grand Rapids with his wife Stacy.

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