Waste is food.
A spectrum of waste materials can be digested by composting worms, who tunnel their way through, as they transform it into food for plants, which eventually becomes food for us.
The worm castings – hanging from the wood mesh in this sculpture – were hand-formed into the shapes of worms. They are made of worm waste sourced from the bottom of my home worm bins and mixed with a binding agent to create a clay-like material. I feed my worm colony waste food, paper, dead plants, coffee grounds, lint, rabbit manure and fur. I feed the worm castings to my garden plants. When I am eating a tomato from my garden I digest the distinction between waste and food.
From the perspective of a plant, the worm castings in this sculpture are a nutritious, edible food. From the perspective of a worm, everything else in this sculpture is edible.