"The day is coming
when a single carrot,
will set off a revolution."
I believe creativity is a tool to slow down and deeply connect with food. This belief grew out of my own disconnect to my plate and body.
After growing up in Oklahoma City with no awareness for the path food took before it landed on my plate, I moved to Northfield, Minnesota where my eyes opened to the beauty of locally grown produce.
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Mesmerized, I began making drawings and prints based on the cross-sections of different foods. When I showed this artwork in galleries and cafes, I found an interesting pattern in viewers' responses:
With a print of a cabbage they would say,
"Oh, that's my brain!"
With a print of a pomegranate, they would say,
"Oh, that's my heart!"
Viewers saw their own bodies before seeing the food.
"YOU ARE WHAT YOU EAT"
TOOK ON A WHOLE NEW MEANING.
When I moved to New Mexico after dreaming of living here since I was a kid, my passion for art and food led me to work with farmers at the Santa Fe Farmers' Market and Groundstone Farm - work I continue to learn from today.
My work in the fields has given me a deep reverence for the farmers who cultivate the land and provides a continuous source of inspiration that pours into my illustrations and designs.
Photo courtesy: Genevieve Russell for Squash Blossom Local Food Inc.