Pumpkin art: a commentary


A) The smile on this pumpkin suggests a worldly innocence on the part of the artist, a willingness to go along with established conventions, all the while not realizing that these same conventions are restricted his worldview. We can deduce from this the creator of the pumpkin is a simpleton, who displays neither creativity nor initiative.

B) See the delicate way in which this pumpkin has been smashed to bits. Here we see the artist’s angst coming through, which he then projects onto the world around him, as a commentary on the violence in the world and the subsequent victims that are caught in the crossfires.

C) The ghostly motif that we see in this pumpkin shows the intrusions of otherworldly forces into our midst. While we know this to be both implausible and illogical, it shows the artist’s willingness to look beyond the common, and search within himself for deeper meaning. It causes reflection in the viewer, leading him to question his own mortality and insignificance.

D) The nausea apparent in this pumpkin is a commentary on consumerism. How we as a society gorge ourselves on what is presented to us, rather than perceiving that we are already satisfied. We can see this pumpkin as representing our own bigotry, greed and gluttony, and the subjugation of the proletariat by the bourgeoisie.

E) While adorable at initial glance, this cat-like pumpkin, in fact, represents the beast hidden within us all: our repressed urges and inner workings, which are constantly waging a war against our subconscious in order to escape their confinement. Furthermore, this representation also points to the dormant tendencies of some humans towards bestiality.


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