CONNERSMITH is pleased to present a select view of JJ McCracken’s latest sculpture series: Fruit for Geophages (Hunger). These unique wall-mounted steel panels feature ceramic forms of lush vegetables including peppers, squash, corn and potatoes.
The artist describes this work as “a visual poem about need.”
Her project calls attention to worldwide food shortages by focusing on geophagy, the practice of eating clay, or earth, in the face of starvation.
McCracken explains, “Geophagia occurs worldwide, problematic only in countries suffering severe food crises. The excessive consumption of a visually bountiful but non-nutritive food substitute is central to the main idea of the project.”
J.J. McCracken (b. 1972, Mifflin, PA) lives and works in Washington, DC. She received her M.F.A. from The George Washington University (2005) and attended the Skowhegan School of Painting and Sculpture (2012). McCracken creates sculptures, performances and immersive installations focused on free speech, social justice and resource equity. McCracken’s work has been exhibited in the National Portrait Gallery, Washington, DC and is currently on view at the American University Museum at the Katzen Arts Center, Washington, DC.