(American, b. 1978; resides in Milwaukee, WI)
While in residency at the Hermitage Artist Retreat in Englewood, Florida, Sonja Thomsen photographed through a window in her room that overlooked the Gulf of Mexico. The static composition and consistency of the horizon line highlights the dramatic shifts of weather and light in the landscape--a view Thomsen describes as being “both ever constant and persistently passing.” With the window setting the stage, Proscenium suggests a theatrical gesture of the water and the weather as actors beyond the curtain.
Sonja Thompsen completed a BA in Biology and Studio Art from Kenyon College (2000) and an MFA in Photography from the San Francisco Art Institute (2004). She uses photography, interactive installations, sculpture, and video as a catalyst to mediate on time and its reflective qualities. The twelve images of Proscenium were originally shown at the Reykjavik Museum of Photography (2012), and her work has also been included in exhibitions at Catherine Edelman Gallery, Chicago (2012); New Mexico Art Museum, Santa Fe (2011); Silverstein Photography, New York (2007); among others. Her work is in the permanent collections of the Milwaukee Art Museum and Ljosmyndasafn Raykjavikur, Iceland. Thomsen was a Hermitage Fellow (2008) and received the Greater Milwaukee Mary L. Nohl Fellowship for Established Artists (2011). Based in Milwaukee, she co-founded the Coalition of Photographic Arts and currently teaches at the Milwaukee Institute of Art and Design.