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Kirsten Stolle is a visual artist working in collage, text-based images and installation. Her work helps lay bare the propaganda-like methods of large corporations, especially those in the agricultural and biotech fields. Building upon her decade-long research into companies like Bayer/Monsanto and Dow Chemical, her work forefronts historical ties to chemical warfare and revel persistent greenwashing. Stolle’s work interrogates the effects of chemical companies on our food supply and their consistent efforts to minimize effects of their toxic products on our health and environment.

Kirsten Stolle: Only You Can Prevent a Forest will be on view at the Halsey Institute of Contemporary Art at the College of Charleston August 26 – December 10, 2022.

Kirsten Stolle
Faith, Hope, and $5,000, p. 266, 2017
10 x 13 inches
Archival inkjet print

About Faith, Hope, and $5,000, p. 266, Stolle states:

“I became familiar with concrete and visual poetry while conducting research for my project Faith, Hope, and $5,000, a 16-piece gridded installation of cut and collaged book pages extracted from a mid-1970s corporate history of Monsanto. Faith, Hope, and $5,000 draws inspiration from mid-century poets interested in using words not solely to impose meaning, but as markers of space and visual imagery. I discovered the rich history of the Black Mountain College poets (Hilda Morley, Jonathan Williams), artists (Dorothea Rockburne) and composers (John Cage) who privileged ideas of chance and absence, often with a minimalist aesthetic, over traditional narrative readings. All were fully aware of the importance of space–negative or otherwise–to impress upon their audience an alternative, and some would say radical, way to see and hear.”