Linda Poole

NCAT Regenerative Grazing Specialist

Artists turn to agriculture to preserve African American heritage and legacy in South Carolina’s Lowcountry: Although their work centers on raw, natural materials, the textile and fiber artists say they never intended to become agricultural producers—the sustainability of their craft demanded it. . . . If we steward the land, do we also not have a responsibility to be stewards of Black agrarian material culture?​


This article by Safiya Charles profiles several artist/farmers, including Arianne King Comer:
The artist-turned-farmer is one of a few Lowcountry textile and fiber artists who are using natural and indigenous materials tied to the history of the Americas and African enslavement, such as indigo, sweetgrass, and cotton, to create and preserve African American material culture through agriculture and artistic expression.

Growing agricultural products was not the start nor end point any of these artists had necessarily envisioned. Yet each felt called to sow and reap from the land the raw materials that inspire their work, as a form of cultural preservation, and in at least one case, because the sustainability of their art form may very well depend on it.

Everything that I’m doing is coming from the land. I’m growing it, I’m processing it, I’m honoring ancestry,” said King Comer.

 

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