Fairies of the Fields: An Intimate Look at the Life of Meadows
We only conserve what we know, and she hadn't known. The county hadn't known. The man on the mower hadn't known. No one had seen the butterflies' faces and looked into their eyes as she had, and now they were gone.
Just days before, she had been standing in this field, tall grass and blooms of milkweed reaching towards the sky above her head as she raised her camera, snapping away at the birds and butterflies. Now she stood there at the edge of the brown, flattened stretch of ground sick with the thought that maybe it had been her job to save them. Continuing to take pretty photos without protecting her subjects would be worse than meaningless. It would be hypocritical.
And so she set out to show everyone the storybook world of the meadow and the creatures who lived there, the fairies of the fields.
Some of the photo illustrations are simply one photo with many layers of digital effects; others I composed with dozens of photos and effects layers blended together. The final sizes of the framed works were dictated by the randomness of frames I found at estate sales and thrift shops, making a statement about the wasteful perfectionism that has become such a danger to our environment. Framed dimensions range from 13" x 11" for the smallest up to 25" x 31" for the largest.
I created a scavenger hunt game to encourage visitors to spend more time engaging with the images. Each piece of artwork on exhibit was labeled with a number, and each visitor received a printed sheet with a list of small thumbnails taken from the works. The guests walked through the entire exhibit multiple times, searching each piece carefully to find which ones contained the details on the sheet. As they found each detail, they wrote the number of the correct work next to the thumbnail until they had found all of the pictures and completed the game.
The story fragments that accompany some of the images in this profile are from the blog I publish on my artist website. They are "Storybook Pages" , like random pages found torn from a book, snippets of stories that let the imagination run wild.
Irvine Nature Center (March - May 2016)
Baltimore County Public Library, Hereford Branch (August - October 2016)