AgriQuilt #1


Cotton

45” x 50”

2022


Temperate grasslands — what we know as the prairie — are the least protected landscape on Earth. Grasslands aren’t sublime like mountains; their consistency and vastness is much easier to destroy.

AgriQuilt #1, made while I was in residence at Art Farm in rural Nebraska, is a reflection of how so much of the Great Plains has been gridded into massive industrial farming blocks, each side a mile long. This system cannot be neatly demonized or defended: yes, it dries out the land and homogonizes the soil, but it is also foundational to our food supply. There is a strange but lonely beauty to this landscape: satellite-operated farming equipment negates the need for visible human labor, and so the land seems always to be empty. But the cornfields shine golden in the light of early morning. 

AgriQuilt #1 is part of an ongoing project that uses patchworking to explore land use.