march, 2019

sun31mar2:00 pm4:00 pmDemonstration with FOCUS: Gaia 2019 artist, micro-sculptor Sergey JivetinHand-engraved Heirloom Seeds with Micro-sculptor Sergey Jivetin2:00 pm - 4:00 pm


Event Details

WAAM is proud to host FOCUS: Gaia 2019 artist, micro-sculptor Sergey Jivetin on Sunday, March 31, 2-4 PM for a special event planned in conjunction with the close of the exhibition. Jivetin will be hand-engraving select motifs on heirloom seeds as part of his Furrow project. Audience members are encouraged to bring seeds they have special connection with, to see representations of their personal stories embedded and programmed into these seeds.

Seeds are fundamental units in our relationship with food, agriculture and the natural environment. On both physical and symbolic levels, seeds collectively carry the history of complex motives and consequences of plant domestication. Seeds have been both silent witnesses and active participants in waves of travels and migrations, growth and decline, individual and societal transformations. Seeds are also records of more personal stories of people or families that cultivated them for generations. Such diversity and richness in the deeply rooted relationships of people and seeds remains mostly silent, physically and figuratively locked inside the coat of each seed.

By traveling the country and connecting with a multitude of people and organizations that contribute to seed advocacy, Furrow project seeks to make those often compelling stories visible, to externalize and memorialize the contributions of professional and enthusiast growers, breeders and seed-savers.

The nature of the artist’s hand guiding a cutting tool and creating a miniature furrow in a shell of a seed alludes to a farmer’s plow piercing through the top layer of soil, releasing nutrients and jump-starting a cycle of growth. The symbolic act of piercing through the seed coat to uncover the information contained within, is coupled with the physical function of helping it germinate if planted.

Sergey Jivetin’s work is currently on view in FOCUS: Gaia 2019 (March 9 – 31) in WAAM’s Main Gallery.



(Sunday) 2:00 pm - 4:00 pm


Woodstock Artists Association & Museum

28 Tinker Street, Woodstock, NY 12498



Woodstock Artists Association & Museum28 Tinker Street, Woodstock, NY 12498

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