Recently I had the opportunity to venture up to Vancouver, WA for a media preview tour of Farmer Tom’s Organic Cannabis Farm (Vancouver, WA), conducted in partnership with Kush Tourism. During my visit, Farmer Tom introduced me to the work of cannabis artist Cliff Maynard, who makes mosaics entirely from spent rolling papers. Since Cliff chose to sleep in his trailer during the entire tour, Farmer Tom explained his process to me: Apparently Cliff gathers up roaches, which are sent to him from a wide swath of interested parties, and uses the brown tones as his “palette.” Initially, he tore the scraps into pieces by hand, though he now works with an X-acto knife.
In these works, one can see not only the occasional sparks of the divine but an intermingling of a wide swath of collective DNA. If you’re in the Pacific Northwest, consider taking this tour, where you too can see, or even purchase, this homegrown art up close.
Becky Garrison is a satirist/storyteller whose most recent book is Roger Williams’s Little Book of Virtues (Wipf & Stock, March 2020). Also, she edited Love, Always: Partners of Trans People on Intimacy, Challenge and Resilience (Transgress Press, 2015). Her six books include 2006’s Red and Blue God, Black and Blue Church (PW, starred review).