As the word “lacuna” references both intellectual and physical gaps, the interactive photographic installation titled lacuna is a metaphor for memory and aging, conjuring a constellation of recollection as transient in nature as memory itself.
Several small-scale images hang on the wall, some as stacks of reproductions waiting to be peeled away by the public. Throughout the duration of the installation as the images are removed they fade and reveal an impression in acrylic of the image that was once there. Place and person become symbol and impression in the work, creating an emotive narrative suspended in the gap between; a man straddling dementia, a boy in his teenage prime, hands cradling the last harvest of raspberries.
Sonja Thomsen (b. 1978) is a Milwaukee-based artist whose multifaceted practice includes sculpture, interactive installation, photography and site-specific public art. Her projects question the experience of seeing, elusiveness of knowledge and the potential of emptiness. Since earning an MFA in photography at the San Francisco Art Institute (2004), she has worked with the Reykjavik Museum of Photography, New Mexico Museum of Art, Madison Museum of Contemporary Art, and Silverstein Gallery among others. In 2011 she was awarded the Mary L. Nohl Fellowship for Individual Artists. Thomsen’s work resides in the collections of the Milwaukee Art Museum, Reykjavík Museum of Photography, and the Midwest Photographers Project at the Museum of Contemporary Photography in Chicago, Il. Lacuna has been exhibited at venues in Reykjavik, Iceland; Milwaukee and Madison in Wisconsin, New Jersey, New York, Indianapolis (IN), and Rochester (NY). Sonja Thomsen is a member of the international photography collective Piece of Cake.