Sonja Thomsen
Where do the human body and the physical world intersect, and how does that meeting impact our knowledge of the world and ourselves? In her exploration of these fundamental questions, photographer Sonja Thomsen reads Margaret Fuller and her grand-nephew Buckminster Fuller, gives pride of place to Lucia Moholy, and experiments with prisms of her own design, through sculpture building and picture taking. Her images sometimes involve her and her loved ones’ bodies, though far more gently than did Isaac Newton, whom she notes once attempted to stick a knife into the back of his eye in order to create the image of a rainbow. The result of all this research is You Will Find It Where It Is: A Reader, an artist book published—finally, after various COVID-related printing and release delays—in an edition of 300 by Poor Farm Press, the imprint of artist-curator-gallerist Michelle Grabner. Spiral bound and filled with half pages, vellums and unusual papers, Thomsen’s book is itself an instance of the thing with which it is concerned: direct human experience of the world. No two people will handle it in exactly the same way.

—Lori Waxman 2020-08-09 9:11 AM
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