Apotheosis of the Corn Goddess                                                                                                                              Burning Sheaves     


                                                                                                                                     Cornfield - Chorale    floorplan   76' diameter     


                                                                                                                     Corn Goddess Landed     Ceramic maquette 11" H  x  17"D  



                                                                                       Chorale:    Seven paintings in oil  - 50' diameter,  w/ polychrome wooden sculpture Boat


Chorale  is a seven panel mural spanning a 50 foot semi-circle, occupying half of the Cornfield  ground.  The ground itself is a 76 foot diameter circular design made of painted and incised hardened earth, created in the spirit of the Native American Corn Goddess.  Seven paintings sit atop a wooden architecture of bases and video displays, all meant to sing as one while corralling the viewer's attention in the center of the exhibit.  Thematically, Chorale  expresses the phases of nature and cultivation, be it of growing and harvesting food or the creation of art and ideas.  Moving outward in opposite directions from the center painting, entitled Apotheosis of the Corn Goddess, paired paintings begin with the theme of potential (Tractor and Wheelbarrow), moving to the theme of action and fruition (Nitya and Garden Electric), and finally into dissolution (White Cloud and Yellow Cloud).  To the right of the centerpiece are images of manual labor and self effort with the wheelbarrow and it's tools.  To the left are images of a tractor and rider, of automation and grace.  Apotheosis is both the source and culmination of these two directions. 



The wooden sculpture Boat  was created as a polychrome free-floating ship anchored inside the Chorale space.   With ‘grain silos’ as masts, which are also suggestive of dock moorings, the deck has been painted with the image of a cornfield.  Boat functions as a multi-dimensional symbol, a layer cake of both masculine and feminine energies - a repository, a silo, a womb, an ark - a ship with it's dock within, resting between symbols of expansion and contraction.  The destiny of Boat is to ‘float’ next to the Dais in the middle of Cornfield.  Just as its anchor also floats, to view the sculpture by walking around it is to 'walk on water,' and dance on the sea of Maize. 







                                                                               Apotheosis of the Corn Goddess     84"H x 60"W  oil on linen                                     





                        Tractor    oil on canvas   48"H x 60"W                                                                                                     Wheelbarrow    oil on canvas   48"H x 66"W  





            Nitya - Blessing of the Land    oil on canvas   48"H x 66"W                                                              Garden Electric     oil on canvas   48"H x 66"W





 White Cloud    oil on canvas   48"H x 72"W                                                                                                            Yellow Cloud    oil on linen   48"H x 78"W 






Maizeheads viewing the section entitled  Chorale  at a preliminary public showing of Cornfield  in Petaluma, CA     





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