Several years ago, while I was sitting across the table from my late father on his 90th birthday, it became clear to me, for the first time, that his dementia had taken a significant part of him away. That was a very powerful moment and the catalyst for the entire Scratch series. The work comes together around notions of the unknown, incremental loss, perceptions, transformation and the corners of ourselves, individually and collectively, we may rather leave in the dark.
Craig Becker is a self-taught, photo-based artist whose varied creative experiences – gallerist, professional photographer and digital collagist – are each marked by the search for the visually evocative. From his lakeside studio in rural Maine, his work starts with a general theme, but is constantly transformed during an intuitive and spontaneous process. The resulting images are psychologically complex, inviting exploration to the edges of the human experience. His award-winning work has been widely exhibited at galleries and museums across the country, including the Ogden Museum, New Britan Museum of American Art, Griffin Museum of Photography, Center for Fine Art Photography, Martin Museum of Art and Maine Museum of Photographic Arts. Portfolios of his work have been published in Musée Magazine, F-Stop Magazine, BETA 19, and Lenscratch and was one of Feature Shoot’s Emerging Photographers for 2017.
Here are a few examples of his work.