The Shepherd's Daughter by Clare Benson

Issue 71

My work is deeply rooted in my family history. After the death of my mother when I was eleven years old, I became increasingly curious about notions of family, memory, and mortality.

I grew up with my father: an avid hunter, archery champion, and former hunting guide in the Alaskan wilderness. Before my father, my grandmother was a hunter and before that my great-grandmother, and long before that the stars made up constellations that told stories of the greatest hunts. In my work, the nuances of hunting and the rugged northern Michigan landscape of my childhood are woven with narratives of genealogy and identity, memory and mythology, time and space.

Clare Benson currently is a Fulbright Fellow, residing in Sweden.
To view more of Clare's work, please visit her website.

  The Shepherd's Daughter  , 2012

The Shepherd's Daughter, 2012

  The Procession  , 2012

The Procession, 2012

  Surface  , 2013

Surface, 2013

  The Offering  , 2012

The Offering, 2012

  Pleiades  , 2014

Pleiades, 2014

  Pieta II  , 2013

Pieta II, 2013

  Pieta I  , 2013

Pieta I, 2013

  Drift  , 2014

Drift, 2014

  Ascension  , 2014

Ascension, 2014

  Winter  , 2013

Winter, 2013

  Floating  , 2013

Floating, 2013

  Lookout  , 2013

Lookout, 2013

  Bird's Eye  , 2014

Bird's Eye, 2014

  Constellations  , 2013

Constellations, 2013

  Still  , 2014

Still, 2014

  Waiting  , 2013

Waiting, 2013

  Cluster  , 2013

Cluster, 2013

  The Shepherd  , 2011

The Shepherd, 2011

  The Haul  , 2012

The Haul, 2012

  The Harvest  , 2013

The Harvest, 2013