FOOD FOR THOUGHT Micro Views: Threats and Prospects
Photomontages by Robert Dash
September 27 to December 9, 2019 in the Nichols Gallery
FOOD FOR THOUGHT Micro Views: Threats and Prospects offers a micro perspective on how one part of nature–our food–is connected to climate change.
Using photomontage to create a surreal conversation between everyday foods and microscopic parts of themselves, Dash’s work ponders THREATS to our staple foods from: crop loss due to droughts, floods, soil loss, pests, deforestation; loss of crop nutrient value, and stresses on developing nations; the shifting ranges of many crops; the shift of seasons and implications for syncing with pollinators; and the crash of insect (bee and other) populations.
At the same time, a great deal of work is underway to make agriculture a net carbon sink rather than a net carbon emitter. Dash’s images also reference hopeful solutions as PROSPECTS: regenerative agriculture, carbon farming, permaculture, forest gardens; rebuilding soil through cover crops, perennials, agroforestry, no-till, plants such as azolla which have balanced atmospheric CO2 over millions of years; and small scale efforts to develop locally-viable, backyard grains.
ROBERT DASH is an educator, photographer and naturalist whose work has been published by National Geographic, TIME, and LensWork, and shown in galleries
and juried shows in the US and abroad.
In 2016, he presented a TEDx talk entitled “The Intercourse of Nature: It’s What We Are,” and in 2017, published his Nautilus Gold Award-winning photography/poetry book, On An Acre Shy of Eternity: Micro Landscapes at the Edge. His new book, FOOD FOR THOUGHT Micro Views: Threats and Prospects, is currently in development.
“Robert Dash’s work celebrates and challenges the concept of scale, broadening small beauties into wide revelations about ecosystems, food systems, and the imperiled futures of both.” —Thor Hanson, author of Buzz, and The Triumph of Seeds
“…like fragments of mysterious ecosystems that no one has ever seen… (They) are meaningful, visually poetic observations about how the things we cannot see can show us how our very lives can be under the threat of extinction.” —Lensculture