Keeping the Doctor Away


Though the apples in your local supermarket may seem homogeneous (they are, in fact, clones), wild apples come in a shocking number of sizes, colors, and flavors.

Intrigued by their variety, artist Jessica Rath embarked on a multiyear project photographing apple trees and reproducing apples in porcelain, from the speckled Dulcina to the serpentine Yellow Bellflower.

The Atlantic has an interview with her that includes several pictures, equal parts luscious and surprising, of her work.

Lauren O'Neal is an MFA student at San Francisco State University. Her writing has appeared in publications like Slate, The New Inquiry, and The Hairpin. You can follow her on Twitter at @laureneoneal. More from this author →