The field of terracotta bags in this series reflects on the monoculture and excessiveness of corn in the United States. As one navigates through the installation, one feels surrounded and consumed by the repetition of the bags. The process of constructing and manufacturing these bags by hand allows me to be attentive and responsive not only to the clay material but also to how agriculture is moving from less hand construction to more production and manufacturing.
While the terracotta seed bags speak to monoculture, the rest of the work speaks on biodiversity. I aim to express what agriculture use to be, speak about where it is today, and question where it is going because of technology. Through the creation of storage containers, I create spaces where the modified or unmodified seed exists. I take inspiration from seed starter flats that are used to begin a seed, glass vials and envelopes that are used to store seeds for long periods of time at seed banks and laboratories, and burlap bags that are used to store seeds for shorter periods of time at a farm.
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