Charles A. Hartman Fine Art is excited to present Wolf Haven, an stunning body of work that is the result of a five-year project documenting a Washington State wolf sanctuary’s residents by Seattle-based artist Annie Marie Musselman.
Musselman’s first thought when she arrived at Wolf Haven was, “How can I photograph anything from behind a fence?” Her subjects, the sanctuary’s highly endangered red and Mexican wolves, as well as gray wolves, live in large, forested chain-link enclosures. Her photos reflect the countless hours she spent observing the wolves, especially one gray wolf named Jesse James and her partner, Shiloh. Musselman’s photographs reveal not only the intricacies of these animals’ beauty – the dirt on their fur, their sharp teeth, and their arresting eyes – but also the connections between the wolves themselves and between the wolves and the photographer. “At first, I was afraid of their ferocity and their unsettling stillness,” she says, “but as I slowed down, I began to take them in and to comprehend their incredible existence.” In the end, Musselman says, “The fence couldn’t keep me from falling in love with these highly intelligent, beautiful beings.”
Annie Marie Musselman finds inspiration in the connection between humans and animals. Her first book, Finding Trust, was published in 2013 by Kehrer Verlag, and documents seven years of work at a wildlife rehabilitation center north of Seattle. The work cemented her voice and bridged the way to her second book, Wolf Haven: Sanctuary and the Future of Wolves in North America. Musselman’s work has also appeared in The New Yorker, Audubon, Outside, National Geographic Magazine, Smithsonian, Travel + Leisure, and The New York Times, among other publications.