The nature of the artist's hand 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 motifs, hand-engraved into individual seeds, are chosen and interpreted based on the stories relevant to the nature of the specific seed and its caretaker, whether a person or an organization.
The symbolic act of programming a particular intent into the seed is coupled with the actual function of helping the seed germinate when planted.
Partnering with Hudson Valley Seed Company, Seedshed and other horticultural organizations across the country, Furrow seed engraving project travels to different venues to engage various communities in a dialog about meaning of seeds and seed-saving advocacy.
By highlighting contributions of both professional and enthusiast growers, Furrow project celebrates the vibrant biodiversity, inherent in traditional small-scale agriculture, thus advocating for sustainable and resilient production of ingredients for future societal food security.
With an extensive background in metal-smithing, jewelry design and engineering, Sergey Jivetin brings his skill set of a master craftsman into every art experiment, transforming ordinary materials into potent conveyors of meaning. Sergey Jivetin’s art presents miniature elements in unexpected settings to examine humanity's convoluted relationship with nature. Growing up in Uzbekistan, the site of one of the greatest ecological disasters of the 20th century heightened Jivetin's sensitivity toward the preciousness of natural resources and their management.
Since coming to the United States in 1994, his practice has expanded from wearable pieces of jewelry to include experimental flatware, scientific and medical apparatus, sculptural objects and site-specific installations. He is the recipient of numerous accolades including fellowships from the Louis Comfort Tiffany Foundation, Peter S. Reed Foundation and New York Foundation for the Arts. Jivetin’s work is in the permanent collections of many public and private entities, such as the Smithsonian Institution,Metropolitan Museum of Art and Dallas Museum of Art.