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Uneducated wisdom

My Uneducated Wisdom series addresses the topic of class / education bias by illuminating the life of rural farmers, who oftentimes do not have a formal education, by depicting processes and objects that may be unfamiliar to many audiences. In doing this, the work serves to facilitate a certain experience for viewers who are routinely privileged with mainstream educational backgrounds, while venerating these specific rural artifacts for their intelligent functions. The series includes gourd birdhouses (in-progress), sister crops, a girdled tree, and a pokeweed plant to address the preconceived notions that some people have about others based on their level of formal education. This project strives to illuminate the bias against different types of knowledge by flipping the script. The work aims to call forth questions of self in relation to one’s own knowledge and opinions while also displaying the sophistication of these rural objects.

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