Memory and Inspiration.
Tuesday May 5, I went to the artist talk and reception for Abelardo Morell at the Bowdoin College Museum of Art. His talk resonated with me. I had given my own artist’s talk April 9 at the Glickman Library in Portland. In preparing for the talk I didn’t know what I should talk about. I thought about what it is that compels me to create so in my presentation I talked about my personal history, influences, and historic events which shaped the artist I am today.
I talked about visiting historic sites in the seventies when they were at their most dilapidated. I talked about the events in time which influenced my outlook in life: the Vietnam War, the Meltdown at Three Mile Island, Apartheid, AIDS…I realized in preparing for my talk that for my fifty years of life, we have been at war through most of them.
I talked about the artists that inspire me: from historic artists to contemporary. International and local.
What I appreciated about Abelardo Morell’s talk is that, even though he is a photographer, he is inspired by other media. He is currently exploring the Cliche-Verre technique as a form of photographic printmaking. The inspiration behind this comes from his exposure to prints through his friend and fellow Bowdoin alum David P. Becker back when they were both students there in the late 60s.
I miss David. He passed away several years ago. While I continue to mourn his loss, it makes me so happy when I see that his life and energy continues to live on through his friends.
As I float downstream along the Kennebec River in review of the images I produced for my exhibit at the Glickman Family Library I am condensing three days of posts into one.
We are now at Wyman Lake: a lake produced by Wyman Dam. A hydroelectric dam produced by one guy that pushed a bill through the legislature in 1928 which passed and enabled him to build the dam. The bill which became law enabled Walter Wyman to sell out of state the power generated by the dam.
From Wyman Lake we travel through Solon. Please go there to see the frescoes at South Solon Meeting House. From Solon the Kennebec River starts to open up and more floodplains surround the river on both sides. The floodplains from Madison/Bingham area on down to the mouth of the river provide vital and vibrant agricultural resources. While we still have to deal with the toxic runoff from the conventional use of atrazine on the fields, there are more and more farms converting to organic use. This will maintain the sustainability of agriculture along the river and contribute to the cleanliness of the water. And, even though we still can’t eat the fish in most of the waters of Maine because of the high mercury content, doing what we can to improve the waters helps all the lifeforms that survive in the river.