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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