Rockport, ME: 2016. Artist's book, one of 14 copies, all on Rives BFK white paper for the text and wrappers, (also available in Stonehenge Pearl Grey); the 16 original 10 x 10-inch C-prints printed on Kodak Endura luster paper to archival standards and mounted using acid free archival adhesive. Page size: 13 x 11-3/8 inches; 24pp. including colophon and titlepage. Bound by the artist: accordion-style book that can be displayed in one long line or opened and read as a traditional codex. The cover is Rives BFK White wrap-around featuring a hand-cut paper title by artist Hannah Berta and an original silk screen print by Claire Donelly of Fox Island Printers, North Haven, Maine in bright pink, showing through the hand-cut title on front cover; housed in custom-made buff cloth over boards clamshell box by Richard Smith of Camden, Maine. The text consists of 6 vignettes written by the artist, printed letterpress in a soft-grey archival ink by Fox Island Press, North Haven, Maine. Cig Harvey calls this book a love story that reveals the mysticism in the mundane. Her photographs and words explore the passage of time and show that home is wherever you look for it. We become invested in the unfolding story of a home, a marriage and motherhood. The artist's photographs appear to be at twilight or dawn - a mystical time with the natural world at its most beautiful. The images are as much the unconventional, compelling narrative as the text. Not simply a collection of images interspaced with words, this is a complete book with the images taking up the telling of the story when the text leaves off. Ms. Harvey is correct: this is a love story but one that could only be told by an artist of her intensity and capability. The third (and yet complete in and of itself) in (perhaps) an ongoing autobiographical series, this is an astonishing book - at once an intimate view of an artist's life and the universal beauty of the natural world, color and shape, and love. While her images are redolent of the Maine coast, they are universal.
Noted photographer, Cig Harvey's work has been exhibited widely and is in the permanent collections of major museums, including the Museum of Fine Arts, Houston, and the International Museum of Photography, George Eastman House, Rochester, NY. She was a finalist in Prix Virginia, an international photography prize for women, and had her first solo museum show at The Stenersen Museum, Oslo, Norway, in the spring of 2012 in conjunction with the release of her monograph You Look at Me Like an Emergency. Item #11158