What do bananas, cups, and sophisticated art have in common? Sean Seu ’19 decided to answer that question with his charming Instagram series titled “Banana Cup.” This ambitious photographer has made it his hobby to take pictures of his Kenyon peers pretending to drink from cups graced with carefully arranged banana peels. I interviewed Sean about his art and discovered that his project is proving to be quite ambitious. He has many plans for Banana Cup and I’m eager to see where this series goes in the future.
So what inspired this project?
Well, my friend, Hannah Farr ’19 and I were at lunch and there was a banana peel. I was kind of playing around with it and I was thinking, “wow, I could make some kind of artistic installment.” So we put it in a cup and Hannah pretended to drink it and I took a picture of it. I slapped a filter on it and posted it to Instagram. It was my first Instagram picture since I had just gotten an account earlier at lunch. And thus became the banana cup.
What message are you trying to convey with your art?
Put the banana into that cup. And also destroy capitalism.
Do you have any future goals for this project?
Take as many banana cup pictures as humanly possible.
Can I tell people to approach you if they’d like to be featured on Banana Cup™?
Only if they have a cup and a banana. I will not provide the materials.
Sean Seu hails from Port Orchard, Washington. He’s involved with Chamber Singers and he does run crew for many of the theater productions on campus. He’s extremely tall (six feet, four inches). He’s interested in “the illusion of death” and he likes to “swag through campus.” He loves bananas and prefers dogs over cats. Sean’s favorite fruit is grapefruit, although he admits that it lacks “an aesthetic apPEEL.” Follow Sean Seu on Instagram (@seanyseuseu) to view his artwork.