Saturday, March 2, 2013

Art of the Week: Healthy Harvest

I created Healthy Harvest to submit to The Roadside Museum, "an experimental project for artists with a critical interest in the interactions between degrees of degradation on the physicality of their work and the meseumification of cultural objects."  For The Roadside Museum, artworks will be buried for six months and then unearthed for documentation and exhibition.

Healthy Harvest incorporates found vintage cast bronzed fruits in a reappropriated plastic fruit bag.  Should it be included in the project, my intent is that its degradation (or relative lack thereof) after being unearthed may offer commentary on our environmental practices and on what we culturally hold in importance & esteem.  I was inspired to make manifest the sentiments in the following quote in a visibly tangible manner, especially regarding the notion that we cannot eat money:

"Your people are driven by a terrible sense of deficiency. When the last tree is cut, the last fish is caught, and the last river is polluted; when to breathe the air is sickening, you will realize, too late, that wealth is not in bank accounts and that you can’t eat money."
- Alanis Obomsawin, documentary filmmaker and Native American Abenaki from the Odanak Reserve, Canada, as quoted in "Conversations with North American Indians" from "Who Is the Chairman of This Meeting?" 1972

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