Catherine Schwalbe

Sewing Sowing (2015)
stoneware, porcelain, terracotta, found objects, microgreens, detritus from past urban growing project – 4 x 12 x 4-8 in. each

My art explores aging, agriculture, nature and science, the concepts of plenty and want, reuse, food systems, water, and being human through a variety of media including high-fired clay, artist books, events, growing, installation, found objects, social practice works, fiber and cast metal.

Why corn? It is solidly Midwestern, like I am. I have found through the deep exploration of corn many things related to our food system, more than its history and imagery, but the fundamentals of humanity itself.

“The first and most respectable of the arts is agriculture.” -Rousseau