Meret Oppenheim's Le Déjeuner en Fourrure was inspired by a conversation Oppenheim, Picasso and Dora Maar had at a café in Paris. Apparently, Picasso dug Oppenheim's fur bracelet and claimed that any random object could be covered with fur, to which Oppenheim replied, "Even this cup and saucer."
Oppenheim later walked over to her local Monoprix, bought a tea set, and covered it with Chinese gazelle fur, which replaces the daintiness and femininity of the tea set with ferocity and sensuality.
You know how it is, just two artistic geniuses casually creating groundbreaking work over coffee.
As I was researching the work of Meret Oppenheim, I came across a contemporary German artist named Sarah Illenberger. Emphasize the ill in Illenberger.
Like Oppenheim, her work focuses on removing random objects from their usual habitat and giving them a whole new purpose. She especially enjoys reinventing fruits and vegetables into man-made objects, transforming the organic into the artificial while maintaining a natural aesthetic.
Check out the rest of Ill-enberger's work here!