Garlic Cave, 2013

garlic stem and roots, crayon and string

dimensions variable

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Garlic is one of the primary crops at Jubilee Farm. Seeds have been saved for years and replanted each season. Garlic stems are remnant from the farm's garlic-planting process and were used to make primitive drawing tools for performative drawings. The crayons themselves became ephemeral objects; as the drawing was made, the crayon was consumed, leaving its marks on the paper. The colors -- red, black and white -- reference the Lascaux Paleolithic cave paintings as the first-recorded colors used in drawing. Drawings were made on the ground with the drawer bent over, mimicking the movements of working in the field.

 

Garlic Cave was a sculptural installation that incorporated these objects and drawings as a way of honoring the labor, the endurance, and the repetitive hand work of garlic-growing.

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