Anne Hallam


“Harvest Series”; Sterling silver, steel, reclaimed barn wood; 24 x 6 x 1 inches

Having grown up on a farm in rural Wisconsin, I am interested in the effects genetically modified organisms have on the landscape and on our bodies. Harvest Series (2015) addresses the physical and metaphorical remnants left by farming practices. The work is inspired by my family’s conversation regarding the fate of our home farm, which is now used to produce yellow dent corn, a genetically modified, herbicide resistant variety grown for the production of ethanol, cattle feed and high fructose corn syrup. As these farming practices have had detrimental effects on the health of our once verdant land, we have begun to consider the consequences of producing such a commodity on the health of our community.