“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.