“On the Road With Roarie” book project by Selina Mayer

Back in 2014 Selina Mayer & I took a cross country road trip from Boston MA to San Fran CA that had all sorts of adventures. Below is a link to some of the NSFW images Including some rather goofy ones I really adore.  Not often that side of me is shown.

Selina M also included this excerpt in the hand made book they created. i found it to be insightful about the community and endearing as a reflection of our time together <3

“With the rise social media, a small, vibrant community has formed of (predominantly) young Americans working as freelance, traveling, often nude models for artists and photographers. They use their online presences to showcase their work and connect with others in the community, in a way that wouldn’t have been possible only a few years ago.

However, due to a recent upswing in conservative legislation in the US and elsewhere, the very channels these models utilize to support themselves and each other are becoming increasingly restrictive, putting life of the community under threat.

In the summer of 2014 I was able to gain an insider’s view into this community when full time freelance model Roarie Yum and I spent six weeks together traveling the width of the USA, from Massachusetts to California. Along the way we stayed with other models, photographers, or slept in the car at truck stops or Walmart parking lots. I got to live her life with her for a short while.

I photographed Roarie at every stop, along with other models she introduced me to and intermittent self-portraits, as well as constantly shooting for what I called my ‘road diary’; behind the scenes and candid snapshots taken throughout the trip. I shot the series entirely on film as a means to translate those transitory, ephemeral experiences into something tangible. I ended up with hundreds of rolls, with thousands of images, which over time I eventually distilled into a handmade leporello photo book.

This journey and Roarie herself became pivotal to my development as an artist, at a time in my life and artistic practice when I was still finding my feet. She pushed me into taking more risks creatively, she introduced me to a wide network of fellow artists and models, she kept reminding me to take self portraits (at one point acting as a human tripod when I’d left mine in the car after hiking off trail in a national park), and at every step she fed my creativity with her own. ”

See more of the work on her website:

https://selinamayer.com/On-the-road-with-Roarie-1


Going Beyond the Lens - Vulnerability

I am both nervous and excited to share my experience and work with you all during this conversation. Bunny and Lior will be joining me to share their work and experiences as well as a portion of this conversation will be open to guests to share.  This conversation is FREE to join, all artists and humans alike are welcome! No participation is required, it is absolutely ok to simply watch and listen. Just your presence is an honor.

The conversation takes place TONIGHT at 7pm - 8pm EST

A link will be emailed beforehand so please make sure to provide your email via the form below!

Click here to fill out the form 

Reminder, filling out the questions is optional, the only requirement is your email, so the link to the FREE conversation can be sent to you. 


See you in conversation later tonight!

-Roarie


Grattitude

In my recent post about the Art Care Packages, I felt vulnerable sharing my feelings about my mom and what I was going through. Despite these reservations, I shared my story and the response has been incredibly touching. Folks have responded with stories of their own experiences with losing a friend or parent, folks who shared with me how long they have been following my work and what it means to them, and other well wishing encouragements. 

I took a trust fall into my social media audience’s arms and have been truly gifted with the response. 


To everyone who shared a story with me, to everyone who commented, to everyone who made a donation. Thank you! ♥️


Before, it was an emotionally daunting task to sort through these prints . Now, I feel lighter and ready to cross this bridge. I am so grateful to you all, for wanting to be a part of this process. I am honored to send out these care packages. ♥️


Art Care Packages

Since COVID 19, I’ve had to take a home base. This means I’m going through my things that have been stored at my mom’s house while I was off being a nomad. One of the things I really appreciated about my mom was how proud she was of me. She erected a shrine like display & would invite anybody who would listen, over to see it. My mom also really enjoyed getting the packages of prints in the post. This became something we bonded over as I shared with her the story of how each print came into being.


After my mom passed going through these prints has been really tough. Even though I’m really proud of the work, I just wanna throw all of the prints away so I don’t have to deal with the emotions they bring up. I know I’d really regret it later on, so instead I thought why not create a ‘care package’? These would include a print, a hand written note, and a quote that is meaningful to me, for a donation of any amount. Yes, ANY amount because gifting the art to someone who will appreciate it even a sliver of the amount that my mom did will be healing for me. ♥️ 


There are only 37 care packages available in total, they range from Instax, Fuji peel-apart instant film, Polaroid, and 4X6 prints. These are more manageable sized, and unique, as only one of each print will ever exist. To give you an idea of what is available scroll through the slide above, select an image or asked to be surprised!  As always I’m grateful for the support, thank you♥️ 


🦁Email with any questions you might have - roarieyum@gmail dot com


Be sure to include what mailing address you’d like me to post to, thank you!

Shipping will take place on the 25th of May, I want to ensure each package is bundled with care.


*Please keep in mind that these pictures of the prints were taken with a phone and do not accurately reflect the detail or quality of the print.

Images by FoxHarvard, Ron Pre, Angelcliff, Photominimal, Henry Green, Mark Velasquez, Martin Treml, David Wittig, Kelly Segre, Jim Minics, Tobias, Trey Funktionhaus, Sam Guss, Jim Minics, Doug Swinskey. 


Frank Ockenfels 3

It’s been an honor to work with as many talented folks as I have. I feel truly grateful to be a part of the art, even without accolades but when someone does decide to put together a book or place their work in a galley show, that’s awesome too. I love seeing printed versions, it somehow makes the work more real by being in a tangible form. Luckily, I’ve had the opportunity to work with Frank Ockenfels, an artist I deeply respect, and am honored to be included in his latest book. You can see one of our images at 0:35

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