Field to Palette: Dialogues on Soil and Art in the Anthropocene is an investigation of the cultural meanings, representations, and values of soil in a time of planetary change. The book offers critical reflections on some of the most challenging environmental problems of our time, including land take, groundwater pollution, desertification, and biodiversity loss. At the same time, the book celebrates diverse forms of resilience in the face of such challenges, beginning with its title as a way of honoring locally controlled food production methods championed by “field to plate” movements worldwide. By focusing on concepts of soil functionality, the book weaves together different disciplinary perspectives in a collection of dialogue texts between artists and scientists, interviews by the editors and invited curators, essays and poems by earth scientists and humanities scholars, soil recipes, maps, and DIY experiments. With contributions from over 100 internationally renowned researchers and practitioners, Field to Palette presents a set of visual methodologies and worldviews that expand our understanding of soil and encourage readers to develop their own interpretations of the ground beneath our feet.
In an age of accelerated global soil degradation, creative approaches to protecting soil are warranted. Fied to Palette, edited by Dr. Alexandra R. Toland, Dr. Jay Stratton Noller and Dr. Gerd Wessolek and published by CRC Press is a transdisciplinary, multimedia reflection on the representation and meaning of soil resources in an age of crisis. It covers critical positions on land use, biodiversity, and many other facets of cultural dependence on the soil.
The launch will be moderated by editor Alexandra R. Toland.