Drawing Through Clay
By Rachel Dickson, 2014
It is no coincidence that we refer to the ‘making’ of a drawing. To draw is to make and to make is to draw. To draw on skills, experience, material qualities, the past, a glimpse of the future and the influence of others. Others who have taught us, told us their stories, showed us their own secrets and entrusted us to pass them on. Others we have never met.
How do we learn to explore our own stories through material and line. Is this a skill developed by chance, by coincidence, through the influence of other ‘drawings’, by experimentation, or being directed. Yet in all cases the link between the head and hand unfolds through the ‘drawing’. The hand often answers many questions that the mind or sketch cannot, and there may also be lessons to be learned of trust.
It’s alive! It’s alive! And its name is Pumpkinstein!
Tony Dighera of Cinagro Farms is the Victor Frankenstein of organic farming. He spent the past four years on his 40-acre farm in Ventura County, CA perfecting the creation of molded produce in effort to create a perfect pumpkin version of Frankenstein’s monster. Creating the plastic molds for the pumpkins and figuring out how to use them was a tricky process. First he had to design the mold and work out the best material from which to fashion them.
"If it’s not right, it can accelerate the rotting of the fruit. There’s also the timing of mold placement. It has to be done with the fruit’s small enough to fit inside, but there’s a risk the fruit will turn during it’s growing process and snap away from its stem."
All the time and effort has paid off as Dighera has harvested approximately 5,500 Pumpkinsteins this first year. His crop sold out to suppliers months ago at $75 per
reanimated headpumpkin, which is enough to cover all the money that he’s put into his project over the past few years. Retailers expect to fetch at least $100 per Pumpkinstein as Halloween draws closer. Next year Dighera plans to devote his entire 40-acre farm to molded pumpkin production and aims to harvest between 30-40,000 Pumpkinsteins.
Digheria is also thinking about future holidays. Keep an eye out for heart-shaped watermelons for Valentine’s Day and skull-shaped white pumpkins for Halloween 2015.
Photos 1 & 2 by Monica Almeida, 3 & 4 via Cinagro Farms.
the day i diverged, 2014.
ceramic, painted wall, 20” x 12” x 10”
-A growth in bloom, that diverges and makes its own path, changing both physically and internally yet never forgetting where it came from and incessantly reflecting the environment that birthed it.
Roger Hiorns - To What Degree We Are Alive (2008) - Atomized passenger aircraft engine
If you’ve ever found yourself gazing into Brooklyn’s Gowanus canal, you’re well aware of the fact that it’s not exactly the most pristine waterway.
Among the sludge and floating trash, photographer William Miller created these surprisingly beautiful photos of the polluted canal.