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Cut Paper Mural of panoramic view of cornfield

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Collaborative piece with Vicco Von Voss and Sarah Bakken. 6 feet tall by 7 feet wide.

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2 panels of cut aluminum painted

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cut copper and brass in wood frame 16 inches tall

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About Blake

Baltimore County

Blake M Conroy is from Aberdeen, Maryland. He holds a BFA from Maryland Institute, College of Art, graduating Magna Cum Laude. Blake is a recipient of a Maryland State Arts Council Individual Artist Award. In a world that commodifies nature, Blake shows us the individuality of every living thing. After drawing and laser-cutting images of the same subject viewed from different perspectives, he layers these multimedia sheets atop each other, forcing the viewer to look closely enough to... more

Definition of Monoculture

The image of a cornfield is a metaphor for the way we use the earth. It is a planned field with one crop that predominates. The weeds, insects, and microscopic life, anything not corn, in and around the cornfield are just an after thought. The area as a whole is not even in the picture.

We are changing the environment for profit. Monsanto pioneered no-till farming with genetically engineered corn. Farmers using this system spray their fields with roundup (Glyphosate-based herbicides) to kill all the vegetation . The Glyphosate-based herbicides are supposed to degrade within two months and not stay in the soil. There is now evidence that this is not true and it builds up in the soil. Even more evidence suggests it is harmful to the smallest organisms at the base of the food chain. These crops, notably Corn, soybeans, and cotton have been genetically engineered to be unaffected by roundup.

These genetically engineered and patented crops are then planted as seedlings. Roundup is also used to keep the weeds from growing later in the planting season. Because Monsanto patented these genetically modified seeds, they strictly control their use. They do not allow farmers to keep some of the harvest for replanting the following season. They aggressively sue anyone who has “their” plants in the fields and have not purchased the seeds from them that year. Mostly they do this with aggressive Monsanto technology/stewardship agreements. These are contracts that the farmers are forced to sign in order to purchase seeds. These agreements provide for intrusive rights for Monsanto even into the third party agreement the farmers have with the r businesses. And Monsanto bullies smaller farmers and business who have limited funds to fight legal battles.

Should one company be able to patent a crop? Corn has taken thousands of years and millions of people to develop. It has been traced to a grass from central America named teosinte. Is this litigious big business model our future? Do we want our future generations to have this legacy? What happens when something goes wrong? Who is responsible? Who should have prevented this?

Fossil

Pointillist sculpture of a dragonfly. Hundreds of hole drilled into a 1/4 steel plate and backlit.

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    Pointillist sculpture of a dragonfly drilled into a 1/4 thick steel plate and backlit.

Symbiosis

Collaboration between Vicco Von Voss, Blake M Conroy and Sara Bakken. 400 year old oak with steel backing and brass inlay, and silk.

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    Collaborative piece with Vicco Von Voss and Sarah Bakken. 6 feet tall by 7 feet wide.

Cut Paper

Cut Paper Sculpture

Sunflower Dome

Model for development in Alexandria Va. It was commissioned to cover an air vent.

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    Proposal for commission in Alexandria Va. To be cur out of aluminum and rolled before being assembled. Dimensions are to be 24 feet across.
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    Proposal for commission in Alexandria Va. To be cur out of aluminum and rolled before being assembled. Dimensions are to be 24 feet across.
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    Proposal for commission in Alexandria Va. To be cur out of aluminum and rolled before being assembled. Dimensions are to be 24 feet across.

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