Shoot & Sprout

print on archival paper
2012

Depicted in studio photographs are potatoes carved into faces according to their original form. After playfully drawing out a character from the tubers, each potato has been left to age and sprout before being photographed giving them the impression of having lived experience. Alternatively they might be construed as having the patina of “tribal” sculptures, objects that have a clear origin, or root. The choice of potatoes as one of the four major staple foods is precise. Originating in Latin America, it arrived in Asia via Europe, where surprisingly China is now the world’s largest producer. Through this the artist alludes to the potatoes as a cypher for the many different experiences of migration, and today’s roots are multi-fold.