Peter Peryer

Holy Tomato

Holy Tomato by Peter Peryer

Artwork Detail

Holy Tomato, as an image’s title, is a mark of the delight that this unforgettable photograph connotes. It is not obvious whether the carved wooden foot supporting the ripe tomato has been assembled by the artist or simply chanced upon. This ambiguity is central to the photograph’s ability to foster the realisation that one has probably never encountered such a coupling of 2 diverse objects like this before.

The large scale of the resulting printed photograph is central to how it is experienced. The intense sunlight raking from the left hand side suggests that the image may have been fabricated especially so that it may be photographed. By recording 2 simple objects together in such a dramatic manner, the artist imbues his image with senses of both celebration and affirmation.

Holy Tomato
Peter Peryer
Production date
inkjet on paper
753 x 941 mm
Credit line
Auckland Art Gallery Toi o Tāmaki, purchased with funds from the Elise Mourant Bequest, 2019
Accession no
Copying restrictions apply
New Zealand Art
Display status
Not on display

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