FHU Professor Shows Work at Union

JANUARY 23, 2014

“Fabric in Landscape,” an exhibition created by Freed-Hardeman University’s Laquita Thomson, is currently on display at the Union University Art Gallery. The exhibit, which features 20 of Thomson’s photographs, will show through Feb. 18.

The closing reception for the exhibit will be Monday, Feb. 17, at the gallery. Thomson will present a lecture on her photography at 5:30 p.m.

Thomson, whose interests also include painting and printmaking, teaches art and art history courses at FHU. Thomson has exhibited widely for the past of 35 years, and she has been featured and reviewed in several publications.

Inspired by Christo’s installations which often involved wrapping large objects in cloth, Thomson has combined her interests in fabric and photography by photographing tourist shots with the addition of fabric. The portfolio includes a photograph representing each of the fifty states in the Union.

She chose something in the state to represent it, determined a way to work one of her 65 pieces of tulle into it, and then photographed it. For example, South Carolina is represented by a blooming mimosa tree enhanced with pink tulle. Tennessee’s photograph is of an East Tennessee waterfall near Dayton taken in autumn. The Mississippi shot features a cluster of bright orange trumpet flowers and vines against an old barn. The fabric is also bright orange. This photograph was taken near her aunt’s house in Farmington, Miss. The 20” x 30” prints are photographs “done with a painting sensibility,” she says.

Admission to the exhibit is free and open to the public. Gallery hours are Monday through Friday from 9 a.m. until 4:30 p.m. For more information, call 731-661-5075.