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MAGGIE PUCKETT
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Born 1981, Long Beach, California, USA
Lives and works in Chicago, Illinois, USA

Practicing a holistic approach to art making, Maggie Puckett combines the disciplines of papermaker, printmaker, bookbinder, graphic designer, plant midwife, seed saver, and urban gardener. Read More

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maggie.puckett@gmail.com
Instagram: @maggiepuck


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Svalbard Seed Cultures Ark
2019 Deposit
Agri/Cultures.Seed-Links Exhibition

In 2019, SeedsInService traveled to Longyearbyen, Svalbard to deposit a collection of our visual artworks that spoke specifically to the relationship between society and seeds. The art is currently interred in Frøhallen (Norwegian for 'the room for seeds') a frozen, subterranean room in an old coal mine administered by the Store Norske Spitsbergen Kulkompani (SNSK). This room is the site of the original Nordic Gene Bank—the inspiration for the Svalbard Global Seed Vault. The artworks will remain here in permanent storage, “resting forever in the mountain alongside the seeds in the neighboring Seed Vault.” (SeedCultures.com)

From Seed Cultures:
In a deep cavern carved inside a frozen mountain on an island high up in the Arctic lies the most biodiverse room in the world. The Svalbard Global Seed Vault holds over one million samples of seeds from all around the world. The Vault serves as a ‘back-up’ in case disaster (e.g. fire, flood, civil war) strikes the genebanks holding the original collections. However, the Seed Vault contains no information about the cultural significance of seeds; no stories about how they are cultivated, by whom, for what purposes, using what rituals, etc. The seeds are frozen in isolation from all the social practices, ecological relations, and cultural histories that give them life. The Seed Cultures Initiative seeks to create an archive of visual artworks to help conserve the cultural heritage of seeds. Its aim is to celebrate the way seeds live within vast webs of interrelations and to honor the fertile bonds between biological and cultural diversity in agri-food systems.

www.seedcultures.com

Artworks in the valult

 

 

 

 
 
 

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