Apr 12 2024


6:30 pm - 7:30 pm



Discovery Series Lecture | Fostering the Microcosmos

Discovery Series Lecture

Fostering the Microcosmos: Supporting Diverse Biomes Through Material and Metaphor

Friday, April 12 6:30 PM


Event Host: Lee’s Summit Cultural Arts Division

Location: Art School KC | 307 A SW Market St., Lee’s Summit, 64063 (Get Directions)

Cost: Free; Registration Required

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From Kombucha to yogurt and sauerkraut to sourdough starters, fermentation plays an important part in building the microbiomes that create the foods we love to eat. But did you know that fermentation can also play a role in the artistic process?

Local artist Sean Nash talks about his practice of using food and fermentation as both material and metaphor in his art over the last decade. Nash discusses how he blurs the lines between the kitchen, science lab and studio to create complex ecosystems that encompass food, community, and fermentation.  This lecture is a dive into his experience and fascination with integrating fermentation into his artistic practice.


About Sean Nash

Sean Nash is a visual artist whose practice spans painting, sculpture, and social engagement with human and more-than-human worlds. His large-scale shaped paintings describe complex ecosystems and reference his ongoing work with food, community, and fermentation. Playing with diverse types of material constituents, including kombucha papers, vegetal matter, and natural dyes in tandem with contemporary sculptural materials and acrylics, his work elicits questions regarding existence, longevity and stability. As a 2023 Charlotte Street Visual Award Fellow, his work was recently featured at the Nerman Museum of Contemporary Art in Overland Park, KS. In 2022 he completed a major public commission, titled Kansas City Reciprocity, for the new Kansas City International Airport.






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