“Why potatoes?” people ask. “Because they are loaded with meaning…!”
Potatoes serve as a representation of sustenance. Value is embodied in that sustainability despite their modest appearance. As an art object, the potato is not pretentious, but familiar and accessible to the viewer. It is democratic in that it is present on the dinner plates of both the rich and poor, consumed by supporters of both the left and right. A potato is evidence of the labor involved in both sowing and harvesting. It is a vegetable ripe with the potential to bridge the gap between the mundane and the spiritual.
What does it mean to you?
painting: Rachel Reynolds Z
photo: PD Rearick