Cig Harvey (b.1973) is a British-born artist and writer living in Maine, USA, and working in large-format color photography and poetry. Rich in implied narrative, saturated in color, and deeply rooted in the natural world, her work is devoted to the topic of what it is to feel.
Cig has published four sold-out books: Blue Violet (Monacelli/Phaidon, 2021); You an Orchestra You a Bomb (Schilt Publishing, 2017); Gardening at Night (Schilt Publishing, 2015); and You Look at Me Like an Emergency (Schilt Publishing, 2012).
Cig’s photographs and books are in the permanent collections of museums across the world, including The Metropolitan Museum of Art (New York City, New York); The Library of Congress (NewYork, New York): Yale University (New Haven, Connecticut); Museum of Fine Arts (Houston, Texas); the Farnsworth Art Museum (Rockland, Maine); and the International Museum of Photography and Film at the George Eastman House (Rochester, New York). She is represented by galleries worldwide and has exhibited at Paris Photo, Art Miami, and at AIPAD (New York) for the past fifteen years. She had her first solo museum show at the Stenersen Museum in Oslo, Norway (2012), and more recently at the Ogunquit Museum of American Art in Maine (2019).
Cig was awarded the Prix Virginia Laureate (2018) and the Farnsworth Art Museum’s Maine in America Award (2021). She has been a nominee for the John Gutmann Fellowship, the Santa Fe Prize, and the Prix Pictet, and a finalist for the BMW Prize, the Estee Lauder Collection, the Karl Lagerfeld Collection at Paris Photo, the Clarence John Laughlin Award, and the Taylor Wessing Photographic Portrait Prize. Most recently in 2022, Eat Flowers won the Fine Press Book Association’s Award for Best Book in Show at the Manhattan Fine Press Book Fair,
Cig lives in a farmhouse in Maine with her husband Doug and daughter Scout. The slow passing of time and the natural surroundings of her rural home has made her alert to the magic in the mundane