The artworks of Mattie Bowden and Benjamin Lincoln are featured in “REAL ENOUGH”, the September 2021 exhibit at the Northeast Harbor Library, curated by Annette Carvajal of Art in Publics Spaces, LLC. Both artists explore shape and light, with an emotional response to their observations of the natural world.
Inspired by the power of the sea to captivate and calm the mind, Mattie Bowden’s work depicts the play of light on the atmosphere and water. Her large, 36 inch x 60 inch ephemeral seascapes are created by brushing graphite powder onto cotton rag paper.
Mattie was born and raised on the coast of Maine. She attended Mount Desert Island High School, Lewis and Clark College and the University of Maine, Farmington, earning a BFA in Creative Writing. She now lives in Portland, Oregon, working by day making miniatures for stop-motion animated films, and by night as an artist and jeweler. She is currently a model-maker on Guillermo due Toro’s adaptation of Pinocchio as well as working on a collaborative project with Mount Desert Island furniture designer, Joe Tracy.
Ben Lincoln opens his work up to the possibility of a third “virtual” world, questioning the general idea that representational art only responds to observations of the physical world of objects and that abstract art only responds to an internal world of mind and spirit.
Ben Lincoln has been a practicing artist for 25 years and he is currently based on Mount Desert Island, Maine, where he was born and raised. He received a diploma and fifth year certificate from the School of the Museum of Fine Arts in Boston, and has a number of awards for his work. Ben is currently represented by the Littlefield Gallery in Winter Harbor, Me. and his work is held in numerous private and corporate collections in the United States and Europe.
This exhibit is up for the month of September, please check our calendar at nehlibrary.org to ensure that the room is available if you are making a special trip to see it.