American Icons: 

Corn and Milk

by Vicki Milewski

 

American Icons:  Corn and Milk   explores food production sustainability through artworks focused on the relationship between us and the food system we have created.  Family dairy farming is the center of Part One and its heart is seen in the corn fields and in the milk house receiving jar--since all corn grown is fed to the cows and all milk flows into the receiving jar after milking  The journey of this collection moves from the corn fields growing under moons which are brought into full color at dawn.  Then into the barn and milk house with its receiving jar filled with milk and the history of modern day farming to see if the future of farming lies inside as well.  There is also a metaphysical journey to explore where our food comes from.  Asking questions like: What is our pure energy source?  How can we create a sustainable system to produce this power source?  Who is to do the work in this creation?  What are the tools needed to create this sustainable system that will be empowering for all involved--the earth, those who do the work and those who benefit from the products?  American Icons:  Corn and Milk also posits that a transition in our food system is underway and documents this moment to remember and to vision what is to come next.

Selected artworks from this collection:

Full Moon Over Corn 1
Full Moon Over Corn 1

24" X 36" Oil and Mica on Canvas Full Moon Over Corn 1 is the top half of a two part canvas

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Glenn's Corn 9 The Fire Within
Glenn's Corn 9 The Fire Within

24" X 36" Oil on Canvas Glenn's Corn 9 The Fire Within show the explosion of pollen on each newly emerged corn plant that I only saw for a few days at dawn

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New Moon Over Corn 1
New Moon Over Corn 1

24" X 36" Oil and Mica on Canvas New Moon Over Corn 1 is the top half of a two part canvas

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Full Moon Over Corn 2
Full Moon Over Corn 2

24" X 36" Oil on Canvas Full Moon Over Corn 2 is the bottom half of a two part canvas

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Glenn's Corn 10 Seeing the Other
Glenn's Corn 10 Seeing the Other

24" X 36" Oil on Canvas Glenn's Corn 10 Seeing the Other Side shows the emergent corn's pollen slowly dissolving into the leaves

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New Moon Over Corn 2
New Moon Over Corn 2

24" X 36" Oil on Canvas New Moon over Corn 2 is the bottom half of a two part canvas

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Glenn's Corn 7 Another Dawn
Glenn's Corn 7 Another Dawn

16" X 20" Oil on Canvas Glenn's Corn 7 Another Dawn Brings the Same Glow explores how the dawn sun shone on young corn plants’ leaves highlighting their yellow pollen for just a few days; connecting my practice as an artist by bringing their glow onto my canvas, recreating these moments with this field

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Glenn's Corn 5 The Inspiration
Glenn's Corn 5 The Inspiration

16" X 20" Watercolor, Silk Thread, Pencil on Canvas This is the first moment I saw the single emergent corn plant shining in the sunrise, waving in the morning's gentle breeze

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Glenn's Corn 6 Sun Shining Through
Glenn's Corn 6 Sun Shining Through

16" X 20" Oil on Canvas Glenn’s Corn 6: Sun Shining Through captures the moment after one emergent corn plant inspired me with its sunrise glow.

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American Icons: 

Milk 

The Receiving Jar Collection Catalog

You can read the extensive research that helped form the Receiving Jar Series part of this this exhibit in PDF form or online click on either link.

The American Icons:  Corn and Milk price list also contains additional images from this award winning collection