The colors and the smells and sounds were poignant and painful. It reminds me of the book "City of Ember" by Jeanne DuPrau . (I haven't seen the movie, so this matches my imagination's image of the book). The upstairs loft in contrast was screened like a greenhouse. Wooden, tablelike planters were set up, each with growing plants and a plate of freshly cut strawberries, carrots, and peppers. On the wall several plexi-glass containers were filled with decomposing compost. Signs on the wall explained the upstairs and downstairs connection. The clay used downstairs will be recycled into bricks for an oven and bowls to be used at Stenton Family Manor, a family homeless shelter in East Mt. Airy.
What an amazing pairing of exhibitions- Colleen's nostalgic "Home" filled with the challenges of making a living and achieving dreams, and McCracken's "Hunger" sharing with us the tragedies of not having the resources we need for sustenance.