By Rick Cusick
Northampton, Massachusetts’s multi-media artist Megan E. LaBonte spent the last eight months snapping daily self-portraits and digitally manipulating the images to create a series of photographs collectively called the 366 Project. Although much of her work focused on the recurring themes of femininity, mythology, fantasy and nature, on April 20, 2011 Megan took a side step into our world and produced a stoner self-portrait (see below) that expressed her respect for our favorite pastime.
“When I first started this project I had no idea the deep impact it would have on me, and even those around me,” Megan said. “I’ve experienced days of creative frustration and physically challenged myself building sets and costumes or learning to create and hold poses. There were days when I just didn’t feel inspired.”
We trust that Megan had no problem finding inspiration on April 20 and the powerfully whimsical result speaks for itself. Selections from her 366 Project are currently on view in a show called “A Day In The Life” at Werdink in Brooklyn, NY (by appointment only) and a full catalogue of the 366 project can viewed at www.meganelabonte.com