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

Community Reception
June 27, 2023
Tuesday, 6:30-8:30 PM; Artist Talk at 7:00 PM
Tuition: FREE with registration
Location: WBCA

“Where does art come from?” Lecture with Sandra Menefee Taylor

There seems to be a big question that all of us answer in different ways and at different times: “Where does art come from?” Sandra will explore the answers to this by giving a nod to history, and how it takes place between herself and the work. She will also generate a conversation with the 18th century painter Millet about the work in the gallery.

July 18, 2023
Tuesday, 7:00-8:30 PM
FREE with Registration ($10 suggested donation)
Location: WBCA