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Letha Wilson’s practice is rooted in material experimentation. She is known for her unprecedented synthesis of mediums, expanding the visual and physical dimensions of photography and sculpture. 

Wilson’s use of commercial industrial materials such as Corten steel, aluminium, vinyl and concrete requires dedication to the unique processes entailed in the development of each piece. These materials are combined and printed with images depicting the beauty of the landscape. The sweeping expanse of a desert sunset, grooved rock formations, and verdant palm trees are among images Wilson has taken while travelling in Hawaii, the American West an Iceland. The natural world is both the subject and content of her work, a metaphor for the role of the landscape in our myths of reinvention, endless possibility, and inevitable promise. 

Wilson’s site-specific works and public projects convey her ideas on a monumental scale, altering the space around them and offering moments of respite in the urban landscape. The outdoor sculptures engage directly with the elements and nature: as the patinas change over time due to various weather conditions, the natural world will act as a co-creative force on the form of these artworks.

Letha Wilson (b. 1976 in Honolulu, HI, US) and raised in Greeley, CO (US). She currently lives and works in Brooklyn, NY (US) and Hudson, NY (US). She earned her BFA from Syracuse University, NY (US) in 1998, and an MFA from Hunter College, NY (US) in 2003. Residencies include The MacDowell Colony, Peterborough, NH (US), University of Nevada, Las Vegas, NV (US), Skowhegan School of Painting and Sculpture in Madison, ME (US), The Yaddo Foundation, NY (US), Bemis Center for Contemporary Arts in Omaha, NE (US), and Headlands Center for the Arts in Sausalito, CA (US). 

Recent solo exhibitions were organized by GRIMM, Amsterdam (NL) and New York, NY (US); the Center for Contemporary Art and Culture, Portland, OR (US); the DeCordova Sculpture Park and Museum, Lincoln, MA (US), and Galerie Christophe Gaillard, Paris (FR). Wilson will be taking part in Frieze Sculpture 2020 at Rockefeller Center in New York, NY (US).

Wilson has participated in group exhibitions at the New York Public Library, New York, NY (US); The Henie Onstad Triennial for Photography and New Media, Henie Onstad Kunstsenter, Høvikodden (NO); MASS MoCA, North Adams, MA (US); MACRO Museo d’ Arte Contemporanea, Rome (IT); Essl Museum, Klosterneuburg (AT); Bemis Center for Contemporary Art in Omaha, NE (US); Bronx Museum of the Arts, Bronx, NY (US); Socrates Sculpture Park in Long Island City, NY (US); and the Aldrich Museum of Contemporary Art, Ridgefield, CT (US). 

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