Letha Wilson was born in Honolulu. She currently lives and works in Brooklyn, NY. She received a BFA from Syracuse University, and a MFA from Hunter College. Her work has been shown in the US, Austria, and South Korea. Wilson has been an artist in residence at The Corporation of Yaddo, Saratoga Springs, NY , The Farpath Foundation, Dijon, France, Bemis Center for Contemporary Arts, Omaha, NE ; and the Skowhegan School of Painting and Sculpture, Skowhegan, ME.
Letha Wilson manipulates the format of photography and challenges its capacity to become sculptural. Through utilizing low-brow sculptural media such as concrete and drywall she allows photographic prints to become physical in a strategy that appears effortless. Wilson creates photographic assemblages and sculptures that recall the spirit of American land art and minimalism with a relaxed and clean contemporary aesthetic.
In the current collection of work she has taken photographs of quintessential American landscape and intervened with the traditional flat format display of the media. In what, I imagine, is motivated with a frustration with the shallow quality of photographic depth, Wilson has bravely interjected sculptural elements into the picture scape. She has also often taken the photograph itself and folded, bent, ripped, disassembled, cut and reformed it. This speaks to photography as material and thus also its artificiality, pointing to the disconnect between the physicality of the landscape and its representation.
Wilson’s courtship with each photograph becomes transformative. She takes a banal and common scene and interjects it with elevated purpose. A bolder glows with the simplest of reconfiguration, an image of mountain side pours out of the picture plane, and a tree presents itself as a two by four imbedded in an actual wall. Wilson unabashedly challenges the restrictions placed on media and ends up with outstanding casual but magical results.
– Rachel MacFarlane
View more of Letha Wilson’s work here.