At the intersection of folk art and politics


Mary Turck, 8/25/08 • Though Lillian Colton, the mother of seed art, died last year at the age of 95, seed art continues strong at the Fair. Her family graciously allowed the continued exhibition of some of her classic portraits. But, as with any art form, the genre keeps on growing.

I doubt that Lillian would have created anything like the seed art bikini showing this year.

And, like Minnesota, seed art continues to grow more multi-cultural every year. This year, Our Lady of Guadalupe was artfully presented. The children’s division entries boast names from all over the state, with echoes of cultures from all over the globe.

Portraits offer a tour de force for the art form, and some still life creations are truly remarkable.

Some artists focus on political content and comment.

In the same wing of the Horticulture Building that houses seed art, ears of corn line the walls. Scarecrows provide another form of folk art.

And scarecrows get political, too.