Kirsten Stolle: The Grass Isn't Always Greener

February 24 – April 8, 2023

Orange rectangle with white text box of right.

Kirsten Stolle

We Simply Had a Strong Belief, 2022

Orange vinyl, letterpress, ink on paper

13 x 67 in

Unique

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Rectangular collage on 1984 Bayer advertisement featuring text 'Good good days?'.

Kirsten Stolle

Good Good Days, 2022

Collage on 1984 Bayer advertisement

11.5 x 16.5 in

Unique

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Rectangular collage on 1984 Bayer advertisement displaying text 'Good days?'.

Kirsten Stolle

Good Days, 2022

Collage on 1984 Bayer advertisement

11.5 x 16.5 in

Unique

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Rectangular collage on 1965 Monsanto magazine advertisement displaying text 'New Hunters'.

Kirsten Stolle

New Hunters, 2022

Collage on 1965 Monsanto magazine advertisement

11 x 8 in

Unique

KS_130

Rectangular collage on 1964 US Forest Service magazine advertisement displaying text 'No Land'.

Kirsten Stolle

No Land, 2022

Collage, burn holes, 1964 US Forest Service magazine advertisement

13h x 10w in
33.02h x 25.40w cm

Unique

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Rectangular collage on 1950 Dow Chemical magazine advertisement displaying text 'The Grass Isn't Always Greener'.

Kirsten Stolle

The Grass Isn't Always Greener, 2022

Collage on 1950 Dow Chemical magazine advertisement

10.5 x 13.5 in

Unique

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Purple rectangle with grey square containing a black target in center.

Kirsten Stolle

Target, 2022

purple vinyl, transfer sticker on paper

13 x 37 in

Unique

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Magenta rectangle with white text box in center saying 'Kill, Fight, Battle, Control, Escalate, Eliminate'.

Kirsten Stolle

Kill, Fight, Battle, Control, Escalate, Eliminate, 2022

Pink vinyl, letterpress, ink on paper

13 x 51.5 in

Unique

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Long rectangle with left side displaying the painted numbers '74,449,4520, 2022' while right side contains dark blue rectangle.

Kirsten Stolle

74,449,4520, 2022

Blue Vinyl, graphite on paper

13 x 54.5 in

Unique

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Kirsten Stolle

2, 4-D Weed Killer, 2022

Archival pigment print on dibond

44 x 44 in

5

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Kirsten Stolle

Bayer Advanced, 2022

Archival pigment print on dibond

44 x 44 in

5

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Kirsten Stolle

Double Roundup, 2022

Archival pigment print on dibond

44 x 44 in

5

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Kirsten Stolle

Dow Specialty Herbicide, 2022

Archival pigment print on dibond

44 x 44 in

5

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Kirsten Stolle

Dow Shield, 2022

Archival pigment print on dibond

44 x 44 in

5

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Kirsten Stolle

Roundup Concentrate Plus, 2022

Archival pigment print on dibond

44 x 44 in

5

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Kirsten Stolle

Roundup Extended Control, 2022

Archival pigment print on dibond

44 x 44 in

5

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Kirsten Stolle

Roundup Promax, 2022

Archival pigment print on dibond

44 x 44 in

5

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Image of pesticide bottle with bright pink backdrop by Kirsten Stolle

Kirsten Stolle

Fast Action Roundup, 2022

Archival pigment print on dibond

44 x 44 in

Edition of 5

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Image of pesticide bottles with peach colored backdrop by Kirsten Stolle

Kirsten Stolle

Dow Concentrate, 2022

Archival pigment print on dibond

44 x 44 in

5

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Green and gold artwork with text reading "Seeds of Progress" by Kirsten Stolle

Kirsten Stolle

Seeds of Progress, 2022

Green vinyl, glitter on paper

13 x 48.5 in

Unique

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Collage artwork with rainbow and glitter by Kirsten Stolle

Kirsten Stolle

Rainbow, 2022

White vinyl, glitter, sticker on paper

13 x 25 in

Unique

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Four panel image of building with Bayer logo and handwritten text

Kirsten Stolle

How To Control Weeds, 2020

Ink on archival pigment print

40h x 60w in
101.60h x 152.40w cm

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Detail image of artwork by Kirsten Stolle

Kirsten Stolle

How To Control Weeds (detail), 2020

Multi-panel grey scale print with handwritten text overlay

Kirsten Stolle

Weeds Are The Enemy, 2020

Ink on archival pigment prints

16 x 15 inches (each)

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Detail image of artwork by Kirsten Stolle

Kirsten Stolle

Weeds Are The Enemy (detail), 2020

Collage of old magazine ads by Kirsten Stolle

Kirsten Stolle

Monsanto Whooping Nation, 2022

Collage on 1956 Monsanto advertisement

13.75 x 20 in

Unique

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Collage of old magazine ads by Kirsten Stolle

Kirsten Stolle

New Hunters, 2022

Collage on 1965 Monsanto magazine advertisement

11 x 8 in

Unique

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Wall installation of hammers engraved with text

Kirsten Stolle

If All You Have Is A Hammer, Everything Looks Like A Nail, 2022

Engraved hammers

Dimensions variable

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Press Release

Tracey Morgan Gallery is pleased to present The Grass Isn’t Always Greener, an exhibition of recent work by multimedia artist Kirsten Stolle. Working in collage and text-based imagery, Stolle’s research-based practice examines the influence of pesticide companies on our food supply, particularly how Bayer-Monsanto and Dow Chemical use aggressive advertising campaigns to manipulate public perception. Reimagining and recontextualizing found imagery and appropriated text, Stolle’s work spotlights these companies’ persistent greenwashing and troubling histories.

Central to Stolle’s practice is her interest in the intersection of art and science, and the potential for art to bring new perspectives to contemporary scientific issues. Using this cross-disciplinary approach, she creates work that engages the viewer on an aesthetic level and offers an opening for increased awareness and consideration.

This exhibition brings together several bodies of work, Pesticide Pop, HERBS, Science for a Better Life, If All You Have is a Hammer, Everything Looks Like a Nail, How to Control Weeds, and Weeds are the Enemy, all of which were recently included in the artist’s solo exhibition Only You Can Prevent A Forest at the Halsey Institute of Contemporary Art, Charleston, SC.

Pesticide Pop explores the visual strategy and seductive power of chemical company advertising. Appropriated images of toxic weed killers are transformed into large-scale, Pop Art inspired prints, absurdly glorifying chemicals as objects of desire. Another series, HERBS, examines the so-called “rainbow herbicides” supplied by Monsanto and Dow Chemical to the U.S Air Force which sprayed over 74 million liters of the chemical herbicides in Vietnam between 1962 and 1971. In Science for a Better Life, Stolle uses collage, cutting, and drawing to redact original texts from magazine advertisements – propaganda which overwhelmingly promoted the use of chemicals in war, agriculture, and home – altering the intended messaging and reframing the visuals to expose the true threat posed by harmful chemicals.

Also included is If All You Have Is A Hammer, Everything Looks Like A Nail, a wall installation of nine engraved wooden hammers. Each hammer, hung horizontally at eye level, is engraved with a marketing phrase associated with herbicide spraying programs.  Referring to the use of pesticides as a blunt instrument, the installation speaks to the mass deployment of chemicals used in industrial agriculture.

Kirsten Stolle was born in Newton, MA in 1967, lived and worked in the San Francisco Bay Area for 19 years, and currently lives in Asheville, NC. She received a BA in Visual Arts from Framingham State University, and completed studies at Richmond College in London, England and Massachusetts College of Art and Design. Her work has been published in The Atlantic, Photograph, Poetry Magazine, The Billboard Creative, among many others. Her work is included in the permanent collections of the North Carolina Museum of Art, San Jose Museum of Art, Crocker Art Museum, and the Minneapolis Institute of Art. She is a recipient of a Pollock-Krasner Foundation grant, as well as grants from the San Francisco Arts Commission, The Puffin Foundation, North Carolina Arts Council, and Artists' Fellowship, Inc. She has been awarded numerous residencies including the Ucross Foundation, Blue Mountain Center, Millay Arts, and Marble House Project.