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 Sonja Thomsen: American

Sonja Thomsen
A Millileter of Water (2004)
InkJet print mounted to aluminum (ed. 3) :: 50 x 40
Sonja Thomsen
Sonja Thomsen
Sonja Thomsen
Sonja Thomsen
Sonja Thomsen
Sonja Thomsen
Sonja Thomsen
Sonja Thomsen

about the artist

Sonja Thomsen works with elements such as water and oil to consider natural phenomena. Convergence at the surface, of element, light and wind uses the flatness of the photograph to highlight the subtlety of perception. The work points to the mystical as well as alluding to the political. Thomsen’s work is experiential, having much to do with the presence of the photographic object. The photographs and their installation are evocative rather than descriptive.

Sonja Thomsen is a photographer based in Milwaukee, Wisconsin. She received an MFA in photography from the San Francisco Art Institute in 2004 and a BA from Kenyon College in 2000. Thomsen is currently a part time faculty member at the Milwaukee Institute of Art and Design. Thomsen's photographs have been featured in group exhibitions throughout the United States. Her photographs are in the permanent collection of the Milwaukee Art Museum. Thomsen was a participating artist in Review Santa Fe 2006. She was the recipient of the Greater Milwaukee Mary L. Nohl Suitcase Export Fund in 2006 to participate in exhibition juried by Paul Kopeikin at the Photographic Center Northwest, Seattle WA. Thomsen has recently shown in the 2007 Wisconsin Triennial at the Madison Museum of Contemporary Art, Madison WI and the 2007 Silverstein Photography Annual, Silverstein Photography, New York NY. Thomsen’s work has been reviewed in Chicago’s New City Art, Milwaukee’s Shepherd Express and Journal Sentinel, as well as The NewYorker’s “Goings on about town”. Sonja Thomsen was awarded a 2008 artist residency at The Hermitage Artist Retreat in Englewood, FL. Anthony Bannon, director of the George Eastman House, nominated her for this honor.

selected solo exhibitions

  • 2007 Dean Jensen Gallery
  • 2005 West Bend Art Museum, West Bend, Wisconsin
  • 2005 Dean Jensen Gallery
  • 2004 Under Glass Gallery, San Francisco, California
  • 2004 H2O Gallery, Milwaukee, Wisconsin
  • 2003 Diego Rivera Gallery, San Francisco, California
  • 2000 Olin Gallery, Gambier, Ohio

selected group exhibitions

  • 2008 David Weinberg Gallery, Chicago IL
  • 2008 Griffin Museum of Photography, Winchester MA
  • 2008 SPUR Projects, Portola Valley CA
  • 2007 Silverstein Gallery, New York, NY
  • 2007 SPUR Projects, Portola Valley, CA
  • 2007 Museum of Contemporary Art, Madison, WI
  • 2007 Art Chicago, Chicago, IL
  • 2007 Minesota Center for Photography, Minneapolis, MN
  • 2006 Layton Gallery, Milwaukee Institute of Art and Design
  • 2006 The Summer Gallery, Sag Harbor, NY
  • 2006 Photographic Center Northwest, Seattle, WA
  • 2005 Charles Allis Art Museum, Milwaukee, WI
  • 2004 Arts Benicia, Benicia, CA
  • 2004 Milwaukee Institute of Art and Design
  • 2004 Herbst Pavilion, San Francisco, CA
  • 2004 The Lucanae Gallery, San Francisco, CA
  • 2003 Hespe Gallery, San Francisco, CA
  • 2003 Swell Gallery, San Francisco, CA
  • 2003 Walter McBean Gallery, San Francisco, CA
  • 2002 Swell Gallery, San Francisco, CA
  • 2002 Hespe Gallery, San Francisco, CA
  • 2002 Visual Aide Auction, San Francisco, CA
  • 2002 Diego Rivera Gallery, San Francisco, CA

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