The Human to Agriculture Art Gallery


The Gallery Photo Credits: Tana Ososki

Before even reaching the Art Gallery you can hear the music, and noises from the room. They almost pull you in, walking towards it you can see the beautiful display of ceramic bowls and pieces hanging from the ceiling.

The OIKOSystem exhibit in the art gallery this month is beyond words. The display is simple yet intriguing. The exhibit revolves around a branch of study that explained the ways that the environment and the living entities within it relate to each other.

If you look almost anywhere you can see some sort of clay. If that is a bowl, a plate or just a piece of hardened clay, it is all around the exhibit.

The reason for this is because the show investigates how us humans are binded to the land, and the ceramic object is a conduit of human agricultural evolution.

Along with clay art pieces, their is also a tunnel that a viewer can walk through, inside the tunnel there is straw to get the farm feel, and two screens displaying interviews of countless farmers. The interviews cover countless people of different ages, and from different places, talking about their connection to the land.

The artists who made the exhibit are Syd Carpenter, Gregg Moore, Holly Hanessian, Jeanine Hill, Linda Swanson, Lydia Thompson, and Anna Metcalfe. Each one of them bringing a different meaning to the connection that humans have to clay, and the land.

The exhibit is different, intriguing, and surprising. If you have the time go during an X period, or after school.

The work in this show shows the ceramic field’s ever-increasing interest in farm-to-table movements, and a way to see the historical importance of agricultural practice, to anyone who pays it a visit.