Untitled (work in progress)
2012 – 2019
found objects and a beam from a farm
16” H x 63” W x 8” D
Image association plays a vital role in informing a visual language. The symbolism in visual language is put into context by history. Since ancient times wheat has been an icon in the visual language of every culture and religion. The image of wheat is one of the most prevalent symbols in all of history. It has been used to represent life, fertility, abundance and prosperity, charity and love. It has also been likened to “God’s goodness” and often been referred to as “the bread of life”. Wheat and the many forms of food made from it are inseparable from the history of the human race; connecting people, cultures, traditions, and beliefs. Ancient cultures marveled at the small shoots that grew out of barren land into a sea of gold that fed multitudes. Hunger is a reality of the 21st Century. Hunger for sustenance, the infinite, truth. An ordinary object imbued with the human touch can be transformative. A simple eating utensil possesses the power to communicate without the barrier of language. A non-descript household utilitarian object worn by the human hand can breathe humanity into an empty space. This is a community of ordinary objects, gesturing, with hands uplifted towards the heavens. Reminiscent of the universal image of wheat, nourished by a higher power, they stand together as one.