article Greener Pastures, by Sam Lowry
Horse Hair and Onions
Sorcha Meek works in her Hood River studio. She
made paintings of the
Frahm farm on canvas sewn with horsehair to onion sacks.
Sorcha Meek, painter-printmaker from
Hood River, Oregon, also departed from the familiar to create paintings,
sewn with horsehair to gessoed onion sacks, depicting Rod and Lana Frahm's
thousand-acre onion and beet farm on the Snake River near Ontario, Oregon.
"When I got there and saw and experienced the place, I realized
it was going to be about land and earth and people, " Meek said.
Next visit, Rod greeted her with a giant metal bouquet welded from harvester
parts - his own work of art. "You make what you do interesting
and fun, " he said.
The compelling result of Maryhill's leap into relationship-based art,
"Sustaining Change on the American Farm," will open the museum's
season in March 2006.