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Kirsten Stolle
North Carolina

Artist Statement Submitted 2019

I use collage, text, and installation to critique how agrichemical companies curate their image and conceal their past. I'm interested in how these corporations pose as modern agricultural companies, supporting farmers and acting as sustainable stewards of the land, while concealing their pesticides’ decades-long toxic impact on the soil. By dissecting their marketing methods, online and in the media, including analyzing specific language and image choices, I can begin to uncover the misdirection and deceptive messaging.

The catalyst for uncovering corporate disinformation stems from my health issues related to pesticides and genetically-engineered food. I combine archival research with appropriated printed and digital source materials to create artworks that resurface company history and spotlight persistent greenwashing. By mirroring seductive corporate imagery, language, and audio, my work disrupts perceptions and invites viewers to critically engage with industry propaganda.

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