Symbiotically Growing Culture

Madison Goad Butler University
Faculty Sponsor(s): Gautum Rao Butler University
The world is constantly growing and changing, which consequently makes it hard to keep up with and connect with people. Thankfully, there’s still things in this world that are able to connect us and bring us together. For example, natural disasters or volunteering binds people together through experience; boy bands bring people together through a shared fanaticism for a person and the emotion behind their music. However, I believe the ultimate link between individuals, or even groups of people, is food. Food is what ties people together as it’s a symbol of love, a symbol of culture, and a symbol of growth. Not long ago, it was popular for families to grow their own vegetables and then process them for future consumption. One of these processes was fermentation, which dates back 10,000 years. A process that can turn a meaningless slush of ingredients into something delicious and delectable. Although fermentation fell out of practice for some time -- excluding projects such as beer or wine -- the practice of home grown goods has been on the rise. It’s this rise that is aiding in the growth of connection and purpose in the community. Fermentation has led to the education of the masses, that not all bacteria is bad, and no that isn’t a patch of mold -- it’s yeast. It’s led to the strengthening of relationships, as people come together to learn and innovate, all the while making memories with one another. Therefore, with this series of paintings, I intend to excite and enlighten the masses so that they too can relish in the sense of accomplishment that comes with creating your own goods.
Art/Art History
Oral Presentation

When & Where

09:45 AM
Lilly Hall 145