This series of 10 small works on paper, 19 x13” executed in watercolor and pencil represent the history and development of corn, or maize. For more than a decade I have explored the art, culture and imagery of
It took more than 5,000 years for the Pre-Columbian world to cultivate Teosinte (Zea Mexicana) from a wild grass into corn, or maize, as we know it today. It was originally only about 5 centimeters or 1.5 inches in length! The ancestral kernels of Teosinte looked very different from today’s corn. These kernels were small and not fused together like the kernels on modern corn.