In the wake of the 2008 financial crisis, I joined the staff of a missions-based ministry that I’d been volunteering with in southern Appalachia.  We did mission day trips every week, where I experienced the necessity, the power, and the joy of serving “the least of these.”

Now, 10 years later, I have reconnected with that passion as a volunteer for a food bank in southern Oregon.  This portfolio is based on that volunteer work.

The food distribution system, from the Oregon Food Bank in Portland, to our food bank, to the food pantries and recipients in Douglas County, relies on banana boxes as carriers.  As such, banana boxes are the natural choice for a substrate, along with loading pallets, to depict issues of food insecurity.

This portfolio speaks of my personal history in exploring art materials, hands-on ministry, experience in food distribution, and passion for confronting food insecurity.

My biography is reflected directly in my art practice.

James Thatcher  ©  2019

Contemporary Art

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