Abigail Wellman

Photographer Female Portland, Maine, US My MM URL: http://www.modelmayhem.com/abigailwellman
Mayhem # 1210066

About Me

Photography is my outlet to the world. I am a skilled painter, but I prefer to work photographically, organizing my visions in light and pixels as a way of holding onto the ethereal, searching for hidden qualities, and understanding life better. I use my lens to ground myself in others, to turn my disconnectedness into substance, to love people, and to find pieces of myself. I express the unique normalcy of my human subjects. I always meld color and texture in a radiant way. I know that I share the same hopes and dreams, doubts, vulnerabilities, strengths, weaknesses and power of my women subjects. This sensibility is essential to my art. Mine is an art of reflection, self-analysis, and the dialectical interplay between psychology and aesthetics. I live in Greater Portland, a place I love. I have had group shows in Maine, New Hampshire, New York and online. My work has been showcased as the cover image of the May 2010 issue of Color magazine, and in an August 2010 Excellence Award Issue 4-page spread in Color Magazine. This has given me global recognition. Color Magazine also featured me in its May 2011 Issue #13, as the top winner with Silver, Bronze, and Merit Awards.

I consider fine art portrait photography to be the critical art form for this stage of history. Installation work and studio experiments are fleeting. I use the camera as a tool to frame moments in the fluid situations of making. The studio experiments and exhibitions pass and the images remain, transforming what was a familiar place into unfamiliar territory.

Collections and Exhibitions:
Continuing Group Show, The Myths, at the University of Southern Maine, Gorham, Maine, Area Gallery, March, April 2012.
Kepware Technologies corporate collection, corporate headquarters, 4th floor 400 Congress street, Portland, Maine 04101. Placed May 31, 2011.
Group show, The Myths, at New Hampshire Institute of Art, Manchester New Hampshire, Fall, 2011. Group show, Art Nouveau / New Work Lewis Gallery, Portland Maine, Winter 2010.
Group show, Photographing Maine: Ten Years Later at the Center for Maine Contemporary Art, Rockport, Maine, Fall, 2010.
Online Virtual Juried Showcase maineartscene.com Fall 2009.
Group show A.I.R. Gallery, Brooklyn New York. Summer, 2009.
Group show Captive Elements Gallery, Lewiston, Maine.
Group show Pearson Legacy Gallery, Deer Isle, Maine. Spring 2009.
Online photography exhibition maineartscene.com Winter, 2008.
Solo exhibition of photography and paintings at the Limerick Public Library, Limerick, Maine, April 2006.
Interplay Exhibition of fine art portrait photography at the Lewis Gallery in Portland, Maine. May, 2001.
Advanced Photography Exhibit at the University of Southern Maine's Kidder Lounge in Gorham, Maine. Fall 2000.



Write-Ups:
Newspaper feature: Portland (Maine) Press Herald article "USM: Female
Photographers Examine Gender Myths," by Bob Keyes. March 17, 2012

Portland (Maine) Phoenix article by Britta Konau "negotiating Feminity in
photographs: What is Real?" March 14, 2012

Featured as Color Magazine's May 2011 Silver, Bronze, and Merit Award winner in Color Magazine, Issue # 13, May 2011.

Biographical feature by Kevin Steeves in Free Press (university of Southern Maine
Newspaper March 7, 2011.

Gallery talk Weekly Art Rant by Lars Lindgren. "Impressionists vs. Realists: where do you stand? (Reviewing gallery exhibits in and around Portland, Maine. December 1, 2010.

Interview by Giulia Mattiello in Who Speaks for Art. October 29, 2010.

Design-wire Feature in Maine Home and Design Magazine on my"Smoke Rings" photograph. October 10, 2010.
August 2010 Excellence Award Feature in Color Magazine, with publication of five portfolio images in a four-page spread (pg 74-77).
Newspaper feature: Portland (Maine) Press Herald article, "Photographer's Work Wins Exposure," by Bob Keys. April 25, 2010.
Newspaper feature: Portland (Maine) Press Herald article, "Vox Photographers Honored by Color Magazine." March 14, 2010.
Cover Photograph of Color Magazine, May 2010 Special Issue #7, Gold Award winner in the Metaphor/ Abstract category. It is my photograph "Ingrid," which appears on this cover of Color Magazine as the Gold Award winner. I also received a Merit Award for my photograph "Ruth," on page 173.

Publications:
Featured in Color Magazine (see above).

Photographing Maine Ten Years Later: 2000-2009. "Ingrid," my photograph in this show, p. 150, curated by Bruce Brown. CMCA: Center for Maine Contemporary Art, October 2 to December 5, 2010.

Excellence Award and four page spread Color Magazine's November 2010 issue (issue #10)

Gold Award and Cover Shot for Color Magazines's May 2010 Issue (issue#7)

Self-published book on Blurb.com Women Creating Themselves by Abigail Wellman October 29, 2009.

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