Cig Harvey

1973 · United Kingdom

Artist biography

European photographer, Cig Harvey, is known for her photographs exploring the narratives deeply rooted in the natural environment and familial relationships. The slow passing of time and the natural surroundings of her rural home in the Midcoast of Maine has made her alert to the magic of the mundane. Her photographs depict luscious color and luminous natural light whether it be a portrait or still life. “I want my photographs to be a jolt, they explore the magic in the world while having one foot very much placed in realty,” Cig explains of her work. Her recent work has expanded her focus on familial relationships to her own experience with motherhood and her relationship with her daughter.

Born in 1973, Cig grew up in South West England. Her interest in photography sparked at a young age, she was a fan of the portfolios that The Independent published in their Sunday editions. She worked in the darkroom as early as 13 years old which furthered her interest in photography. In 1999 she moved to the United States and received her MFA from Rockport College. In 2005 was selected as one of Photo Districts New’s 30 emerging photographers to watch.

Cig was an assistant professor at the Art Institute of Boston at Lesley University where she worked for ten years. Her first solo museum show was held at the Stenersen Museum in Oslo in 2012 in conjunction with the release of her first monograph, You Look At Me Like An Emergency. This book was a personal exploration of love, loss, longing and belonging. It sold out in all editions and was selected by Photo District News as one of the best books of 2012.

Her second monograph, Gardening at Night, 2015, featured work exploring familial love and sense of place in the natural world, with seasons figuring prominently as metaphor. This book was released to critical acclaim from Vogue and The New York Times, among others. Cig’s third monograph, You an Orchestra You a Bomb, centers on our relationship with life itself, capturing moments of awe and sacred seconds that convey our fragile present.

Cig’s work has been exhibited nationally and internationally, and is included in several collections including The Museum of Fine Arts, Houston, George Eastman Museum, and The Farnsworth Art Museum. Her work has been displayed at Paris Photo, Art Miami, and AIPD every year since 2006.

Cig Harvey

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