We reached out to the local and regional artists on display now in three locations through the Metro Photoville FENCE.
Scroll down to read more about what photographer Char-Marie Flood had to say and check out more of her photos at CharMarieFlood.com.
Char-Marie Flood is a fine art photographer who loves to travel the backroads. In addition to widespread exhibitions, Flood’s work is included in several permanent collections such as Westin Hotel Resorts, Deloitte Corporation, the National Park Service, the Theodore Roosevelt Medora Foundation and Touchmark.
She has served as an artist-in-residence in several capacities, most recently in Medora, North Dakota during the summer of 2016. She is the recipient of many awards including an Individual Artist Grant from the Arts Partnership to complete a body of work entitled Dakotaland. Flood loves what she does, and feels blessed to be able to do it.
Her studio is located in Harwood, North Dakota.
These photographs are from a larger body of work entitled Trees of Winter.
It was initiated by her move back to the Midwest following 20 years in California. Experiencing her first major snowstorm, Flood stood in awe of how completely the snow could silence the sounds of a city. It was the trees that drew her attention most—their bare branches starkly contrasted by the purity of the white snow.
Over time, the photographer became intrigued with how the wind sculpted the trees. The newly planted trees, with their branches and trunks so straight, drew a sharp contrast to those that have weathered many winters. Flood marvels at the master hand of the Creator and set out to capture and record the pristine beauty in an act of worship.
This series was featured on the Photoville FENCE 9th edition: Metro Regional Photographers Showcase displayed in the Fargo, West Fargo and Moorhead.
I feel blessed in that I have been given eyes that see,” says Char-Marie. “And you can use that as a quote, because it is biblical – eye’s that see — and I just want to shine a light on the amazing detail and love that I see in creation.”
“It is such a reflection of God’s character and love for us to surround us with beauty. And it’s especially important during this time of COVID. So yeah, my work is an act of worship.”
“This summer, I have been drawn to the vastness and the beauty and there aren’t even words to describe the sky, and especially the clouds. So I think I am working on a new body of work. I didn’t think I had one in me, but I have been inspired to work on this. So it’s been really a magnificent experience, again, of worship.”
“I think we’re all just kind of dreading this winter and I hope that people can see the beauty and they’re so long so it can be hard to see the beauty in it, but my hope is that especially with the timing of the FENCE project that again, it will just open eyes to the beauty of something that people might be actually dreading.”