I am an odd collector. Seed pods in tubes that sprout and then rot. Withered plants. Mouldy books with rotten pages. Baby bird skeletons. Dead wasps. Rusted parts in glass jars full of water. Photographs of people I have never known found on the street. Bits and pieces of falling apart something-or-others. So to find the following images….well, one can only imagine the pleasure.
Peter Lippmann’s work gives beauty to one of our greatest and most purposefully unacknowledged fears….decay. We toss it away, bury it, conceal it, turn our backs on it and render it as other…render it useless. One doesn’t like to think of their own interminable journey towards the inevitable decay of the body. Whether it happens slowly over time or quickly in sudden death, humans scramble, hysterically at times, to preserve. We even go as far as to use make up on the dead to give them that “live” look for the supposed civilized world’s open casket ceremonies. Yet we continue to preserve, sterilize, shrink wrap, implant, photoshop, purchase and sell youth….all to maintain the extremely obvious avoidance of decay/death. And by doing so, we altogether miss the flawed, graceful and noble state of decay. Peter Lippmann’s work reveals this noble state and reminds us of a very important fact. Death is real. It comes to everyone. These images ask us not to avoid it, but instead look at it and see its beauty.
To me these are not just images of rotting fruit, but a thoughtful, graceful and intimate symbolic display of the human condition.
– Caitlin Boyce / © 2012
Noble Rot 1
Noble Rot 5
Noble Rot 6
Noble Rot 7
Noble Rot 8
Noble Rot 14
Noble Rot 16
All works posted with permission from the artist. To see more of his work please visit his site —-> Peter Lippmann