Foundling: 100 Days is a public art project comprised of 100 portraits, based on my own and my fellow adoptee's adoption file photographs. These images of waiting children—impassive faces returning the viewer’s gaze with a direct, unflinching stare—bear witness to who we were as foundlings; before we were given names, before we were claimed by families, before we left the countries of our birth and traveled around the world to our new homes. Each image in “Foundling: 100 Days” captures a transitional moment—a moment outside of history, captured for purely documentary purposes, and lost to time; together, these works explore an experience that has never before been addressed in a comprehensive portrait exhibit.

Megan Rye, 2020.


Each portrait is 12 x 19 inches, oil on paper.


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Cara
Megan
Glenn
Lee
Lee
Lee
Chelsea
Chelsea
Chelsea
Kim
Mark
Mark
Rachel
Anonymous
David
Keon
Sam
Sam
Ulyana
Ulyana
Carlos
Kathy
Emily C
Kathy
Christie
Christie
Brian
Brian
Jesse
Elizabeth J
Jack
Kate
Alex
Mercedes
Xavier
Ahna
Anna
Leo
Nancy
Chelsea
Joey
Anonymous 2
Julia
Julia
Max
Bella
Bella
Elizabeth
Betsy
Betsy
Betsy
Allison
Allison
Sarah
Matthew
Andrew D
Emily D
Tony
Tanya
Marissa
Mel
Mackie
Mimi
Cecely
Alexis
Alexis
Alissa
Cam
Carly
Jessie
Jessie and Mrs. Yang
Maili
Suzi
Isabella T
Anja
Jodi
Anonymous 3
Chris
Lily
John T
Se
Libby S
Andrew H
Andrew H
Cory
Billy
John M
Kat
Carlie
Meghann
Kari
Kari
Megan
Megan
Tyler
Amy
Megan
Uma
Megan