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artist bio

Based in her hometown of Milwaukee, Sonja Thomsen is a conceptual artist working in photography and installation. She received an MFA in photography from the San Francisco Art Institute in 2004 and a BA in Biology & Studio Art from Kenyon College in 2000. Thomsen's photographs have been featured in group & solo exhibitions throughout the United States and Iceland. Her work is in the permanent collection of the Milwaukee Art Museum and Reykjavik Museum of Photography. Thomsen's work has been exhibited at the Reykjavik Museum of Photography, Reykjavik Iceland; New Mexico Museum of Art, Santa Fe, NM Silverstein Photography, New York City, NY; Madison Museum of Contemporary Art, Madison, WI. Thomsen was a Hermitage Fellow in 2008 and a nominee for the Santa Fe Prize in 2009. She was most recently granted the 2011 Greater Milwaukee Foundation's Mary L. Nohl Fund Fellowships for Established Artist Award.

artist statement

As the word lacuna references both intellectual and physical gaps, the temporal installation titled lacuna is a metaphor for memory and aging. 70 small images hang on the wall, some in stacks of reproductions waiting to be peeled away. Throughout the duration of the installation the images are removed, fade and reveal an impression in plexi 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