In this two-part feature on Work & Economy, report editor Aaron Cayer and artist Tom Leytham describe the history of industrial mill work and its consequences on the landscape, the community, and the politics of the town.
In his watercolor series The River Valley’s Other Working Landscape, Tom Leytham documents the often-forgotten and hidden ruins of working-class industrial communities by challenging their once sublime qualities. As he describes in his artist statement, through ground-view perspectives, Leytham animates the abandoned and fragmented industrial constructions, the labor embedded in their surfaces, and the histories that they represent. His attentions to color and light define textures rather than mass, and his use of negative spaces, partial views, and rich detail provoke one to imagine how they were once occupied. —Maine’s River Valley report editors
Read part I of the Work & Economy feature here.