Guest Artists


Peter Krsko
Peter Krsko finds and strengthens relationships within natural and social communities by nurturing positive interactions among their members through scientific research, public art and participatory installations. He has recently moved from Washing DC to Hillsboro WI.

Map Stop No.1

Ticket Booth

Map Stop No. 41 

Fermē Lab Room Dividers and Sign


Meeta Mastani

Meeta Mastani is an internationally known print/dye artist, design specialist, and community development advocate. She works in rural Rajasthan, India where she creates contemporary block prints on textiles and T-shirts with traditional printer communities, reviving and expanding the natural dyeing traditions and creating new designs and techniques. An example of her work was recently displayed in an exhibition, ‘The Fabric of India’ at the Victoria & Albert Museum-London.

Meeta Mastani is the Fall 2016, Arts Institute’s (University of Wisconsin – Madison), Interdisciplinary Artist in Residence.

Food Chain II, Map Stop No.25
Inspired by the wrapping of sacred prayer threads around trees in India, this work draws on the fermentation of indigo and of the vegetable pickles I have seen since my childhood. The print suggests pickles in cookie jars which speaks of our wonderfully mixed up East-West times.


Catherine Schwalbe

Catherine is an Artist, Recreation Therapist and Consultant with Quality Care Consulting Services, who currently lives in Chicago.

“The distinction between Art and Life is irrelevant. My practice was born out of the need for and comfort with engaging people, and understood as an overlap with my recreation therapy practice. It includes mixed media, sculpture, found objects, bronze & iron, installation. Art happens where the artist is.”


Food Chain II, Map Stop No.25

Abundance and Transformation These mixed media, figurative works were inspired by Fermentation Fest’s themes of the Abundance and Transformation. They will serve as donation boxes for travelers along the Farm/Art DTour.

Transformation – The title and inspiration come from Michael Pollan’s book “Cooked – A Natural History of Transformation” where he speaks of transforming ingredients and then implies, transforming lives. Showing love for people, and ourselves, is most simply shown by cooking for them. Abundance – reflects what the region provides – with embellishments.