Earth Offerings: Honoring the Gardeners

  • Syd Carpenter Earth Offerings: Honoring the Gardeners
  • Syd Carpenter Earth Offerings: Honoring the Gardeners

Earth Offerings: Honoring the Gardeners

Syd Carpenter Earth Offerings: Honoring the Gardeners

Exhibition Dates: January 24 - March 26, 2022

Syd Carpenter identifies and honors African American farmers and gardeners with her new series, Farm Bowls. By integrating the universal form of a stoneware bowl with architectural and organic forms observed on farms, Carpenter creates emblems of the African American experience and their connection to the land.

The bowl is a universal form that can serve as a ritualistic object, or as a common utilitarian tool. It may rest comfortably in the palm of a hand, or extend expansively as a receptacle. Farm animals, tools, eggs, barns and fences populate the rims and inner recesses of the bowl while the color personifies the land and the skin-tone of the farmers and gardeners that she visited in the South. Several bowls include the shape of the human brain as a supporting base to represent the seed with the bowl as the fruit.

Carpenter is a gardener herself, having grown up in a family of gardeners. She pays homage to her early influences and her mother Ernestine Carpenter through her Mother Pin series. The wood clothespin resembles an idealized female form with its graceful, upright, curvilinear shape. By locating the clothespin in different environments such as swirling water, or decorated with beans or plant forms, the pins become simultaneously mythical and familiar.

Syd Carpenter Earth Offerings catalog Exhibition catalog

See more: Virtural walkthough of Earth Offerings: Honoring the Gardeners

Hear more: Syd Carpenter's opening reception talk

Read more: A road trip to Black farms in the South inspired Philly sculptor Syd Carpenter’s solo exhibit at Rowan University, The Philadelphia Inquirer

On View: See Images from 'Syd Carpenter: Earth Offerings, Honoring the Gardeners,' Exhibition of New Ceramic Sculptures at Rowan University Art Gallery in New Jersey, Culture Type 

Syd Carpenter’s Ode to Women and Black-owned family farms, Artblog

Artist Syd Carpenter Identifies and Honors African American Farmers and Gardeners at Rowan U. Art Gallery, Discover Jersey Arts

Syd Carpenter Explains Her Art Gallery Exhibit, “Earth Offerings: Honoring the Gardeners", The Whit


Honoring the Land

A special program was presented on Tuesday, February 22, 2022 featuring Syd Carpenter and South Jersey farmers and food activists of color. For more infomation: Honoring the Land