Dirt: A Matter of Reverence

Sandra Menefee Taylor

In the Ford Family Gallery
Show Dates: June 26-August 5

“I had the good fortune to be born in farm country, able to observe closely the processes of life: birth, growth, and death. This good fortune also cemented into my makeup the use of the hand, the ‘maker,’ applying the skills and labors needed to sustain my living self and spirit.

So my work is propelled by the deep interest I have for matters of land, body, and spirit. I choose materials that bring their own meanings, and I look for voices that connect, like poet-farmer Wendell Berry, who says, ‘Soil is the one thing we all have in common.’

My interest in dirt/soil traverses questions such as:
dirt as matter,
Dirt as Home,
Soil vs Dirt,
dust to dust,
SOIL/DIRT as precious,
And consideration of the idea that we live
on a living planet.”

-Sandra Menefee Taylor