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Vessel 9.5: Vessel as the Human Form, Humanity

'Mouldering' watercolor on paper 2013
  Our ability to domesticate various plant species into high-yielding consumables has allowed 
our populations to extend to the numbers it has. This image of an abstracted harvest comments 
upon an instance of neglect of what has been reaped, offering a revelation that can be applied 
to extrapolated circumstances. It is not uncommon for food to spoil at market due to distribution 
or lack of sales. Similarly, a farm-raised crop is not always guaranteed to be sold for food due to
 issues of territory, labor, and management. Like any of the Earth’s species, our dependence 
on food is great, yet waste as a concept and procedure is a built in trait of the trade. 

'Petal Stockpile' watercolor on paper 2013

The inevitable end to the collection of agricultural goods is the decimation of the material’s integrity.
 Our impulse to seize control of valuable items depends on increasing our reserve in order to make 
profit (or in some cases, complete an obsession). In either case, the intrinsic qualities that make the
item worth stockpiling will lead to its ruin. In the case of the petals, they are valued due to their 
fragile forms, an image we connect to notions of romanticism. This same delicacy is what leads to 
their quick decomposition. In expanded examples, collections may be ruined by disruptions in 
the collector’s character, the item can lose favor in the marketplace, or resources may deplete;
 in all instances the desirable object falls.

These two new works will be presented at the "Humanity" Exhibition at Vessel Gallery in Oakland, California. Opening night is November 1, 6pm-9pm. Please click here to  RSVP to the event:

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