Exhibition – Backyard Fruit  

Portraits of homegrown fruit – series of digital paintings. Gallery Show at Hotel Healdsburg Carriage House, April - May 2005.  Gallery Show at Kami no Megumi, Sapporo, Hokkaido, Japan – October 2010

The original Backyard Fruit still-life images were taken with a Polaroid 680 camera. The Polaroids were scanned into digital files, where in Photoshop the image was deconstructed and layered to control the color and tonal quality. This method was inspired by traditional printing processes such as wood block printing, where each color of a print is made from a single block and layered to create a full tonal image. In this digital version of an antique process, Backyard Fruit is printed with archival quality pigments, on acid free art paper or washi – Read below the story of how this series came into fruition...

Outside...
Outside...

press to zoom
in the...
in the...

press to zoom
Picking Fruit in the Backyard
Picking Fruit in the Backyard

Walnut Creek, CA

press to zoom
Outside...
Outside...

press to zoom
1/7
Fuyu Kaki
press to zoom
Pears
press to zoom
Figs I
press to zoom
Fuji Apples
press to zoom
Meyer Lemon
press to zoom
Satsuma
press to zoom
Plums II
press to zoom
Peaches
press to zoom
Golden Delicious
press to zoom
Figs II
press to zoom
Hachiya
press to zoom
Pomegranates
press to zoom
Oranges
press to zoom
Cherry Plums
press to zoom
Asian Pears
press to zoom
1/1

MY RENEWED INTEREST with backyard fruit began in 1993. That year I returned to my childhood home after living in Tokyo for nearly six years. I’d been homesick for simple grounded qualities, such as the pleasure of hanging out in the backyard amongst the fruit trees I had grown up with.

 

One day in late autumn, there was a box of ripe fuyu kaki in the corner of my parents’ kitchen, picked from the backyard – some with a leaf or branch still attached. The fruit exuded home-grown charm with their uneven texture and tree-ripened sweetness, which inspired me to photograph the kaki in still-life with my Polaroid 680 camera. It was also during this time my mother began her two year struggle with cancer. The image of pears was captured shortly before mom’s death in October 1995; Fuji apples and figs proceeded in the years thereafter.  

Backyard Fruit – Hotel Healdsburg Carriage House
Backyard Fruit – Hotel Healdsburg Carriage House

Healdsburg, California – April 2005

press to zoom
Backyard Fruit
Backyard Fruit

Hotel Healdsburg Carriage House, April 2005

press to zoom
Jimmy
Jimmy

press to zoom
Backyard Fruit – Hotel Healdsburg Carriage House
Backyard Fruit – Hotel Healdsburg Carriage House

Healdsburg, California – April 2005

press to zoom
1/7

SPECIAL THANKS

Hotel Healdsburg

     Circe Sher

Dry Creek Kitchen

     Charlie Palmer

Nana Mae Organics

Urban Tree Farm Nursery

Ron Chan

Margie Chu

Joan Czaia

Naomi Fukumori

Tom Horton

Lucy Junus

Janice Kato

Bo Lee

Sarah Keith Mabry

Clare Metague

Mimi Mindel

Frederika Moller
Carl Sereda

Hock Wah Yeo

Nao Sakamoto

     Paper Nao

Megumi Ogawa     

     Kami no Megumi

Noriko Nabeka

 

Backyard Fruit - Kami no Megumi
Backyard Fruit - Kami no Megumi

Sapporo, Hokkaido, Japan – October 2010

press to zoom
The Kaki Season - Fuyu Kaki
The Kaki Season - Fuyu Kaki

The assemblage is a pictorial almanac of my parent's kaki tree, over the course of a full year.

press to zoom
Slices of Oranges
Slices of Oranges

Backyard orange tree, Walnut Creek, CA. Gicée printed on washi, assemblage.

press to zoom
Backyard Fruit - Kami no Megumi
Backyard Fruit - Kami no Megumi

Sapporo, Hokkaido, Japan – October 2010

press to zoom
1/6
Mom
Dad+kaki.jpg

THROUGH CHANCE and DESIGN Pears became the icon for the restaurant – Charlie Palmer’s Dry Creek Kitchen in Healdsburg, California.  The series then evolved with the sumptuous fruits from my aunt Helen & uncle Ken’s yard, and from friends who share their seasonal bounty as desserts or garnishes.

In February 2005 during the completion of the Backyard Fruit series and show in Healdsburg, my father’s heart succumbed after months of failing health. What began in the autumn of 1993 had essentially been a personal almanac, a means of reconciling and revering life’s cycles. It’s through the camera’s lens and photo illustrating that is my vehicle to articulate a vitality and essence of being. 

 

Backyard Fruit is dedicated to my parents Taro and Nancy Fukumori. It is an expression of the color and flavors of home-sweet-home, nature and human nature, and as symbols of my foundation and blossoming spirit.

nrf