Michael Oatman


I photographed my friend, artist Michael Oatman last month. Michael is an internationally renowned installation artist and  professor at RPI in Troy, New York.  Check out his upcoming show at  Mass MOCA this July: http://www.massmoca.org/event_details.php?id=547

The cool part is we grew up across the road from each other in Williston, Vermont.  I did the shoot at my old house, which is now owned by Karin and Gerry Davis, great friends who very graciously allow me to photograph on their lovely property from time to time. The house and barns were built in 1856. The barn is going to be taken down this spring and re-built.

I wanted to use this great location, with the artifacts and architectural details of a once working cow and horse barn, and of  course it’s very sentimental for me.  Michael often uses found objects in his pieces of art, and the barn has a history of housing interesting things.  He also brought his really large scissors from the 1950’s, a matt knife and glass burnishing tool as props.

Inside the barn, with the old coffee cans that my Dad mounted on the wall to hold the bridles for our horses.