The Camden Public Library welcomes artist and photographer Amy Wilton for a photography exhibit titled “A Child Within” in the Picker Room Gallery during the month of February*.
“This body of work was literally born from my womb in the year 2000. A visual chronicle of the life of my two children, Emma and Nigel, and their friends, it documents them from their most boisterous moments to times of quiet reflection. It is in those quiet times that I sense something greater, something spiritual, embracing them. I consider these photographs a form of self-portraiture. In each image, I find my best and worst traits reflected back at me through their attitude and gestures.
There is a delicate balance a mother walks when she chooses to maintain her own identity while raising her children. For me, this work validates my time spent as a mother and an artist, in a way that is both concrete and emotional. It also gives me permission to be engaged with my children while still adding to my body of work. I consider this a permanent work in process, as are both my children and myself.”Amy Wilton
Amy Wilton is a local fine art and commercial photographer. In 1997, she moved to Camden and received her MFA in Photography from Maine Media College. Amy has documented a generation of mid-coast families including her own. She has contributed to many books by Down East Press and self-published a monograph called A Child Within in 2008. She is currently working on an updated version. Her fine art has been exhibited most recently at The Steel House in Rockland and at Cove Street Arts in Portland, and her photographs at FotoNostrum gallery in Barcelona. Emma Wilton grew up in Hope and is studying modern dance at the Joffrey Ballet School in New York City.
*The Picker Room hosts meetings and library events and is not always open for viewing. Please call ahead or check our website calendar to see what’s happening daily.