CLARE BENSON // The Shepherd's Daughter

The Shepherd's Daughter

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, identity, memory and mythology.