May 14th 2015

Sonja Thomsen: Glowing Wavelengths In Between

@ DePaul University Art Museum

935 W. Fullerton Ave., Chicago Il

Opening Thursday, May 14th, at 5PM

On view through Sunday, August 9th

Sonja Thomsen’s photographs and installations create a tangible means to experience the ephemeral qualities of light. Glowing Wavelengths In Between, Thomsen’s latest series, is, in the artist’s words, “a rumination on the very physicality of seeing.” Trained as a biologist, Thomsen finds inspiration in the methods and language of science. Her work springs from extensive experimentation with optical phenomena and research into philosophical debates regarding the mutability of scientific knowledge. Utilizing an array of materials that refract and reflect light, Thomsen’s artistic practice embraces improvisation and iteration as means to creative discovery. The resulting pieces—vibrant color photographs, immersive photographic murals, faceted metallic sculptures—shift between direct documentation and destabilizing abstraction, and thereby recalibrate our perceptions of the visible world. Viewing Thomsen’s work is far from a passive experience. Through undulations in scale and manipulations of light, her layered works provoke an acute awareness of light, space, and time.

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