Since 2018, I have been working on a project called "Portraits of Rural Maine Artists". My methods for finding artists vary and include visiting galleries, looking in magazines and word of mouth. Once I find someone whose work I am intrigued by and who lives in rural Maine, I ask for a studio visit and if they'd like to be in the project. Once I am at their studio, I use an intuitive photographic process to respond to our conversations, the environments and their artwork. One of the perks of being an multi-media artist-photographer is my ability to speak the same language as artists and connect with them about the creative process, regardless of their chosen media and concepts.
In rural Maine, we tend to become a little bit isolated, so this project has helped me build community and lets artists know that people are paying attention to their work. Both of my parents are artists, so I have a deep understanding of how important it is for artists to look out for one another. Through this project, I get to create my own work, while also documenting moments in the lives of artists who live here, help to create community networks and promote greater visibility of regional artists.
Portraits of 6 Artists
SELF PORTRAIT Morgain Bailey
imade this self-portrait at sunrise, in my garden. I am fascinated with the way humans blend into the landscape. So I looked for grass that had some of my own skin and hair tones, then laid down next to it. I had the camera on a tripod and was holding my cable release with my left hand. My connection to the land and love of gardening occupy the same importance as photography does. Which means, I’m happy when I’m gardening, working with photography and outside exploring Maine’s waterways and trails.
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Hmmm. Well, I just had some truffle brie from a Vermont creamery, which was delicious with fig jam on ak-mak crackers. Idiosyncratic.