Why did you pick this picture?
Subsidized Starvation represents my artist vision. My current body of work deals with the social and political environment surrounding food. This piece is a perfect example of that. It also blends my two favorite mediums, grain and toys.
Where did the idea for this art come from?
This piece was a reaction to farm policy and its role in public health. Our current farm bill subsidizes the production of commodity crops, corn included. This leaves the markets with a lot of cheap corn. The corn ends up becoming sugar substitutes like high fructose corn syrup which finds its way into countless products Americans consume daily. These calories are cheap and abundant, but are starving our children of the nutrition necessary to thrive.
What does this art mean to you?
This piece serves as a reminder of the deep systemic problems regarding food in The Unites States. I want my work to help bring about awareness to these issues. Collectively, I believe we have the power to change policies that govern the food we eat, but first we all need to recognize the issues.
What can you tell us about yourself?
I’m a mom. My sons name is Teddy. He is 4. He’s the greatest. My husband has been building a house by hand over the past 4 years and we moved there this past March. We have 2 acres and plan on starting a small scale organic farm. I work fulltime in commercial art and mostly work on my own artwork nights and weekends.
What more can you tell us about your art?
I call my style of art mixed media painting. I use grain, toys, sand, and found objects to create the images. I like to create artworks that have purpose beyond aesthetics. My background is in crafts where form and function both play a major role. Although I’m currently making wall hung pieces, I still believe that function plays a crucial part. I want my work to send a message, raise awareness, and shine light on topics that don’t get the appropriate attention.
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