Stalk 10052REH400-2 (Covid Corn to Go)

Stalk - COVID Corn to Go

Artist: Matt Moyer

City/State: Columbia, MO

About the Work and the Artist: Matt Moyer earned a BFA in Ceramics with a minor in Graphic Design from Illinois State University. Between undergraduate and graduate school, he served as Artist in Residence at the Herbert Hoover National Historical site in West Branch, Iowa, as part of the National Park Service Artist in Residence Program. He earned an MFA in Ceramics with a minor in Sculpture from the University of Missouri.

Matt Moyer's creative research takes him in several different directions at any given time; ranging from functional pottery to mixed media ceramic sculpture and large outdoor welded steel installations. All his work is firmly rooted within traditional craft as it pertains to both art and skilled trades, and all facets of his creative work have a decidedly industrial sensibility.

Stalk 10052REH400-2 (COVID Corn to Go) is part of a larger series of sculptures exploring the interaction between the industrialization, mechanization and increased chemicalization of our natural environment.  This work explores the toxicity of pesticides, chemicals, and general industrialization of our natural environment. I explore this industrialization and the harmful impact it has had on our crops and generations of people who have been in proximity to those fields and chemicals. This sculpture, as a one-off in the series also explore the impact COVID-19 has had on our society, in particular those affected in the food and restaurant business. Those people, their hardships and ultimate resilience are represented by the disposable aluminum sheet pan covered ears of corn. The work explores persistence in the face of adversity and caustic environmental challenges.  It also portrays a sense of adaptability and survival too.

Materials: Welded steel, enamel paint, aluminum food serve pans

Dimensions: 3.5'W x 9.5'H x 3.5'D

Purchase Price:  $4,900