Liza Stout is an interdisciplinary artist whose work lives at the intersection of ecology and gender where ceramic forms are activated through performance to engage with discarded/disregarded life. Having Grown up in a resort town economically reliant on tourism, she spent many years working in the service industry. Her practice seeks to elucidate this industry’s perpetration of various forms of human and non-human harm. Contextualizing discarded food waste with the feminized body, rot becomes a metaphor for inequitable gendered norms within society. Connecting human digestion and soil’s transformative qualities acknowledges the inherent intelligence within our local ecosystems’ ability to process rot. Digestion is mobilized to inspire a breakdown of systems of capital that are no longer working, leading to open a dialogue around alternative economies of caretaking where waste is transformed into something fertile.