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Miracle Grow

Kirsten Stolle
Year Grant Awarded 2013

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Miracle Grow addresses the overuse of chemical fertilizers in out food system. Drawn by hand and reproduced digitally, the wallpaper features vintage pesticide cans and herbicide containers among brightly colored flower-like shapes and meandering intestinal segments. Using the color palette and patterning of 1950’s kitchen wallpaper that celebrated domestic life, Miracle Grow similarly glorifies the widely celebrated industrialized “wonder” chemicals of the post WWII era. This contemporary version uses unsettling imagery in tandem with decorative elements to highlight the absurdity of putting these now known toxic chemicals on a pedestal of admiration.