The use of the Latin word for 'farmer' in the title of this work refers to the agricultural implements from which it is made. Smith found many of the tools and disused machinery parts for his Agricola series lying around near his home in upstate New York. All the sculptures in the series were made by welding, a technique that Smith had learned as a car-factory worker. Welding was also used by Pablo Picasso and Julio González, whose sculptures were an important influence.
Gallery label, July 2007