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New AVAM exhibit explores human relationships with food

New AVAM exhibit explores human relationships with food

Ants march, honeybees hover, flowers bloom and corn grows on the rotating concentric circles of "Brackman's Botanical Bonanza!," a giant mechanical mandala spinning at the heart of a second-floor gallery in the American Visionary Art Museum.

Artist Wendy Brackman spent more than a year crafting the mandala from picnic supplies, chiefly hand-painted paper plates and plastic straws.

"It had started off with the flower and the bees, and it was the story of pollination, and as synchronistic as I think my life is," said Brackman, whose piece conveys a process at the...

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