Peggy Taylor Reid  
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Vortex is a series of photographic images that combine the beauty of movement and stasis. The spinning objects (Mason Jars) reflect my interest in finding stillness and balance within a frantically revolving object. The Mason jar connects to concerns I have around the changes in food production and consumption. It is a visual response to the loss of self-reliance, supplanted in a culture of convenience by industries that preserve food for us. Throughout history gathering and preserving were a way to create a continuum for the consumption of food; they were a safety net. Traditionally used to preserve food (providing nourishment in times of scarcity), the Mason jar’s role as a vessel extends beyond the mundane and into myth.  In this body of work I look down into the spinning jars to create a sense of loss of control.