Femme Fatales would not be who they are without the enormous talent of the photographers.
Their main photographer who has been photographing the femmes since 2014 is the talented, Orion Kugel.”
Orion Kugel’s work has a beautiful softness and dreamy quality, whenever he photographs us,” Klementovich said. Orion is an artist in his own right. He writes poetry and constructs modern collage pieces.
“When the three of us get together to do a photoshoot there is a great connection, there is a creative flow that is rare,” Rebecca adds.
Orion has this organic way of photographing us. We have this creative spirit that takes over, which you can see in his photographs,” Pobatschnig said about Orion.” He is also our CEO, creative manager, and my boyfriend”, Kristen continued.
Orion has shown at Wren and also at the Rochester Museum of Fine Arts, NH.
Joe Klementovich is a New York Times photographer, who lives in North Conway. He is the brother of Rebecca. Joe’s style of work is story like and influenced by National Geographic. The richness he brings to the Fatales is the ability to show expansiveness of the landscapes of New Hampshire. This expansiveness is fast becoming a signature for Joe.
One of his most successful photographs of the Fatales was when he put them right in the middle of a mile of Beach trees by the Saco river, as they painted. “His photographs in that series really show how hard it is to find the right spot to paint, in a place where everything is a great spot,” Rebecca said. “I have known my brother my whole life, he was one of the few people who captured, what it is like to be a female painter in a male dominated field.”
Violet Webster is sixteen, and is the daughter of Rebecca. She took the first pictures of the fatales on one of her school vacations. By the age of nine, Violet had seen the Picasso exhibition twice, she tried to steps on the platform of a Giacometti sculpture at the age of two, and almost touched a painted tie on a Rauschenberg painting.
So it was no surprise when Violet captured an Andy Warhol style by setting up the fatales in a static, graphic poses. These first pics were much like Warhol’s compositions of his screen printing work.
Her work was shown in the Rochester Museum of Fine Arts in 2016.
Anna Demarco is an LA photographer, but is from North Conway. She went to high school with Kristen. Anna did a fantastic job photographing the fatales painting in a canoe. It was hard to maneuver a camera, canoe, and finding the right shot. Orion was paddling the canoe as Anna was able to photograph. It was crazy fun. The concept of the shot was to show another unusual place for the women to paint, a venue that still was a New Hampshire past time. Canoeing while painting was perfect.
New Hampshire is no “Plain Jane”,
when it comes to views. That is why painting inside the 5,000 miles of forests, starting from New Hampshire including Canada, makes this area a phenomenal studio space. Yes, an outside studio space that replaces the comforts of the traditional white walls as a place to paint is at times impractical due to the weather. But, lady inspiration is not always convenient. The photographer is Joe Klementovich, my brother who has known me my whole life, and can connect to the vastness of this state and understands modern work. He has worked with some of the most extinct parts of nature in the area. We both want to show what this state can elevate to in the name of art.
When an artist gives full commitment/love to his work, their road maps unfold towards success. This discussion allows further extension to oneself into new territories to discover. Commitment not to sell out or to settle for less, these ideals can be transferred to the viewer of such artwork under these courageous conditions. What can be the result? Here is one, the reactions of pre-teens viewing this type of work, lends itself to be one of the wildest art openings yet.
Photos by Joe Klementovich