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Curator's Statement and Rain Taxi partner for a new essay series profiling Minnesota artists and the nationally-distributed literary magazine Rain Taxi are launching a new series of essays profiling Minnesota artists, " presents," which will appear in each issue of the quarterly print magazine.

For the first installment, writer and curator Andy Sturdevant profiles photographer Paula McCartney, a McKnight-winning artist whose new monograph, bearing the same title as the related series of photographs, Bird Watching, has just been published by Princeton Architectural Press this spring.

You can pick up the Spring 2010 issue of Rain Taxi in bookstores and select newsstands around the Twin Cities metro area.


READ Andy Sturdevant's essay on McCartney's Bird Watching series on the Rain Taxi website >>

Click "START TOUR" above to browse through a slideshow of McCartney's work and for a few brief excerpts from Andy's essay.


About the Artist: Paula McCartney creates photographs and artists books that explore the idea of constructed landscapes, using the scientific practice of collecting, labeling, and organizing specimens as a starting point for her work. She finds inspiration in Karl Blossfeldt's Art Forms in Nature, John James Audubon's Birds of America, and James Nasmyth's constructed lunar landscapes--works by artists who collected and interpreted nature in their own peculiar ways.

McCartney earned an M.F.A. in Photography from the San Francisco Art Institute in 2002 and currently lives in Minneapolis. She has received both national and regional grants for her work, which has been exhibited internationally. Bird Watching is included in the Museum of Contemporary Photography's Midwest Photographers Project, and is featured in a solo exhibition at the Klompching Gallery in Brooklyn until April 23, 2010. A monograph of the series is also available (Princeton Architectural Press, $50). More work can be seen at

Related Links

Rain Taxi/ presents: Spring 2010
Read Andy Sturdevant's " presents" full essay profiling Paula McCartney's "Bird Watching" series on Rain Taxi's website.

Paula McCartney's website
See many more examples of this artist's work, for the "Bird Watching" series and other projects, on her website.


Collection Classification

access + ENGAGE, Book Arts, Landscapes, Photography, Regional