This is a field of decaying corn inside of a limestone mine. At the time I was given the opportunity to tour a disused limestone mine, I had been researching industrial corn processes. My experience inside the mine reminded me of my journey to the mine itself. We drove one hour north of Pittsburgh past field after field of endless corn. Corn and limestone share a similar role in industrial production; an inexpensive filler. They are both found in ubiquitous building materials and foodstuffs. This project is a meditation on manmade landscapes. One is a positive shape and the other is a negative space. Are agricultural practices this unsustainable so different from an extraction process?
This project was made as a part of Subsurface: Site Specific Sight and Sound. The corn was sourced from farms in the area surrounding Brady’s Bend, Pennsylvania.