Nigerian Moon Gourd
The gourd has been an important staple and symbol through out the history of many cultures. Its full roundness, suggestive of a pregnant stomach, housing a great quantity of seeds for the next growing season, embodies fertility. As a food it will keep for long periods of time. When dried the shell of the gourd has a broad range of uses from storage and transport of food to cultivating the resonance of sound in musical instruments.
The "Pumpkin" has truly become an American phenomenon symbolizing the harvest and our agricultural industry. As a result fierce pumpkin growing competitions have evolved for the heaviest pumpkin.
The Gourds that I have been working with are products of hybridization and are carefully attended to during their growing period. They are oversized, burdened by their own weight to the point of exploding. Their size animates them giving them an anthropomorphic presence and amplifying their fertile qualities.
The castings are from original natural gourds and pumpkins.
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