Natural seed abundance, disappearing diversity.

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Detail

"Bye Bye Beans 1"
16” x 48”
Mixed media: hand-printed velvet (disperse dyes), hand and free machine-stitched, appliquéd on satin polyester.

This work comments on the engineered disappearance of seed diversity through the development of genetically modified seeds. The concept is expressed artistically by a repeated Scarlet Runner bean design printed on textile with disperse dye that characteristically exhausts itself after several impressions.  In nature every Scarlet Runner bean is marked differently, like fingerprints, a sign that its survival is ensured by its diversity. In contrast, the G.M. bean's diversity is artificially exhausted and must be mechanically re-created, like my print of a single Scarlet Runner.