Jennifer Steen Booher

Otter Cove, Otter Creek, Maine; July 15, 2018 (Beachcombing series No.90)

Otter Cove, Otter Creek, Maine; July 15, 2018 (Beachcombing series No.90)

From left to right, top to bottom: Rockweed (Fucus distichus), Blue Mussel (Mytilus edulis), Common Periwinkles (Littorina littorea), American Lobster claw (Homarus americanus), plastic ring from bottle cap, broken glass, lobster claw, periwinkles, Blue Mussel, Rock Crab (Cancer irroratus), rope, crab claw, Slipper Shell (Crepidula fornicata), periwinkles, Dog Whelks (Nucella lapillus), lobster-claw bands, Sea Potato (Colpomenia peregrina) (but possibly Leathesia marina), Irish Moss (Chondrus crispus), Paper Birch bark (Betula papyrifera), Bladderwrack (Fucus vesiculosus), periwinkle, plastic scrap, rope, lobster-claw band, Blue Mussel, Pitch Pine cone (Pinus rigida), broken earthenware (prob. part of an old sewage pipe), Blue Mussel, periwinkles.

Last July the Friends of Acadia Youth Technology Team did a series of video interviews with Acadia National Park Artists-in-Residence. Emma Forthover and Ashley Conti trailed me with cameras as I poked around the Otter Cove shore, and then interviewed me in my studio as I began composing a still life from the day’s finds.

It was much less traumatic than I feared (although I’m still a bit ‘Geez, is that what I look like when I laugh!?’) and since I went in for surgery a week after finishing the still life I pretty much forgot about the whole thing until the video went up on the Artist-in-Residence page. Then I went, ‘Hey, didn’t I do a still life?’ and went back and dug it up for you. I never posted it anywhere! Man, that anesthesia is powerful stuff.

Anyway, here is the still life, here is the video, and here are the photos I took while self-consciously trying to take photos and not look like I was posing for the camera.

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