Dysfunction

2011
Poster
Scanned paper
24” x 36”

Dysfunction represents the breakdown of a symbiotic relationship by the cultivation of a single crop. The extended lines of the same typeface, set in all capitol letters demonstrate the homogenous practice in modern agriculture. The layers of letters create an impractical relationship between the message and the reader which is compounded by the fragmented words that leave behind broken bits of information. When standing farther away from the image the forms resemble the rows in a field which have represented America’s fertile heartland when in actuality they are the cause of a huge dead zone extending from the mouth of the Mississippi River into the Gulf of Mexico.

The words are from “Modern Agriculture Ecological Impacts and the Possibilities for Truly Sustainable Farming” by Miguel Altieri Ph.D., UC Berkeley.