Saturday, September 15, 2007

An Image A Week: Lorna Simpson

Lorna Simpson's work is conceptually multifarious. She has addressed such issues as gender, identity, memory, longing and race in her large scale photographs. She also incorporates the use of multi-media into many of her works, using text and sound as integral parts of a much larger form of expression. Okwui Enwezor writes this about Simpson's work in an essay accompanying a recent exhibition catalogue:

"Language is employed like a lever to pry open the lid of the unconscious...The text panels confront the viewer with a fundamental contradiction between the sense of vision and voice as separate forms of knowing."

Corridor (Phone)
Image © Lorna Simpson