Fabric in Landscape (2000 to 2010): Photographs by Laquita Thomson
August 14 through October 03, 2010
Artist Laquita Thomson embarked upon a personal “art adventure” in the year 2000, setting herself the task of photographing landscape in each of the fifty United States and on every continent. While she has yet to cover some of the continents, she completed her project to conceive and photograph landscapes in each of the fifty states, organizing compositions utilizing fabric arrayed within the subject environment.
Thomson’s project is rooted in her West Tennessee childhood and her awareness of the land. ”I drew and painted pure landscapes by the time I was 12 or 13 years old…. (This project) is a response to ‘place’: its landforms, sky, seasons, weather, crops, man’s interaction with all these elements brought about this series of photographs.”
Fabric in Landscape will feature approximately twenty-five of the compositions that were produced by Thomson during her travels around the United States in the last decade. Her goal was to find distinctive sites that she responded to visually, and then to build a “fabric complement” within that environment. The results are her meditations on the elements and structures in landscape that normally escape our attention.
Organized by the Montgomery Museum of Fine Arts, Montgomery, Alabama.
Laquita Thomson (American, born 1947), Cloud Wind, Maui County, Hawaii, 2004, Fujiflex print, Lent by the artist