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Fafard Field Project

In 1996 a wonderful collaborative project began. William Moore had an idea to invite Joe Fafard to create a crop picture at the site of the 1997 International Plowing Match. I was invited in as curator and began co-coordinating dozens of volunteers on a two-year project that combined my interest in art and my agricultural knowledge.
MacLaren Against the Grain: The Fafard Field Project was one of those rare things that exceeded everyone’s expectations. My involvement with the people that brought it to fruition has had a lasting effect on me. I recall Joe asking me what I thought, after a wonderful evening at a celebratory banquet. I answered "it’s a little disquieting because I realize that I have skills I’m not using". That moment focused me on the creative path that I follow today.


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