The Way Home, from the series Life and Death in Hackney

Tom Hunter, English, born 1965

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Cibachrome print

Overall: 48 × 60 in. (121.9 × 152.4 cm)

Hood Museum of Art, Dartmouth: Gift of Ninah and Michael Lynne

2018.37.163

Geography

Place Made: England, United Kingdom, Europe

Period

21st century

Object Name

Photograph

Research Area

Photograph

Not on view

Label

Letha Wilson’s sculptural objects merge photographs of the natural landscape with industrial materials. Her imagery often depicts the canyons, ridges, and ranges of the American West. In American culture, the Western landscape has an alluring, mythic status representing endless promise. As Wilson muses, this image of the West “feels so dated, and I wonder why. In the beginning, I was curious to articulate the contemporary landscape, and how to make the genre relevant and lift it out of cliché.” The artist cuts, tears, and shapes photographs, and prints portions of the images in distinct colors—in this case a canyon in Utah with hints of purple—then encases the compositions in poured cement. Merging the rugged, natural terrain with the artificial, much of her work explores the relationship between man-made and natural environments.

From the 2019 exhibition New Landscapes: Contemporary Responses to Globalization, curated by Jessica Hong, Associate Curator of Global Contemporary Art

Exhibition History

New Landscapes: Contemporary Responses to Globalization, Class of 1967 Gallery, Hood Museum of Art, Dartmouth College, Hanover, New Hampshire, June 15-August 18, 2019.

Provenance

Modern Collections LLP, date unknown; Anonymous gift; given to present collection, 2018.

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