Projects

The Farm Project

“The Farm Project” is the culmination of work that I started several years ago, when I began photographing farmers’ hands holding their soil. I was interested in the idea that the soil, that which is essential and which is the beginning of all growth, could be held in a tender gesture by the people who so lovingly work with and care for it. I feel a deep sense of connection to the land, which is the reason I have chosen to make rural Maine my home, and with this project I wish to pay homage to some of the stewards of that land.

A feast prepared by Aragosta chef and owner Devin Finigan brought those farmers together to enjoy a meal consisting exclusively of foods grown and raised by them on the Blue Hill peninsula. I recorded that meal by embroidering on top of spills and stains on the 30 foot tablecloth used during the meal. With my labor, I acknowledge the labor of the farmers.

The final element of the project is a soil sculpture consisting of samples taken from each of the farms. It is both a literal and poetic bringing together of the farms I visited, in order to render a material monument to the shared vision of the farmers. It is the dirt itself, yet it symbolizes a community.

Notes from Fowler Farm

This work is an investigation into the specifics of a historic saltwater farm where I lived for two years. The project was a way to make a visual record of my presence on the farm, continuing the narrative, and an exploration into ways of documenting a site.

beached
beached, 2010, watercolor on paper, 23″x30″
waves
waves, 2010, watercolor on paper, 23″x30″
float
float, 2010, watercolor on paper, 23″x30″
laundry
laundry, 2010, color photograph, 5″x7″

 

putting by
putting by, 2010, water and soil samples, moss, canning jars, cloth
prunus
prunus, 2010, watercolor and graphite on board/paper, 8″x9″
rockweed
rockweed bundle, 2010, seaweed, cloth, string

 

elk

Blowing Kisses

blowing a kiss - Sacred Valley, Peru
blowing a kiss - Sacred Valley, Peru, 2009, color photograph
blowing a kiss - Ile de Houat
blowing a kiss- Ile de Houat, 2008, color photograph
blowing you a kiss - Point du Raz
blowing you a kiss - Point du Raz, 2007, color photograph
blowing you a kiss - Pacific
blowing you a kiss - Pacific
blowing you a kiss across the Atlantic
blowing you a kiss across the Atlantic

 

blowing you a kiss - La Loire
blowing you a kiss - La Loire, 2006, color photograph
blowing you a kiss- La Seine
blowing you a kiss - La Seine, 2005, color photograph