Letha Wilson is a mixed media artist who uses photographs and sculptural materials as a starting point for interpretation and confrontation. The ability for a photograph to transport the viewer is both called upon, and questioned; sculptural intervention attempts to compensate for the photograph's failure to encompass the physical site it represents. Landscape photography as a genre is approached with equal parts reverence and skepticism.
Wilson was born in Hawaii, raised in Colorado, and currently lives and works in Brooklyn. She received her B.F.A. from Syracuse University, and her M.F.A. from Hunter College in New York City. Wilson attended the Skowhegan School of Painting and Sculpture in 2009, and her artwork has been shown at many venues including Art in General, Brooklyn Academy of Music, Bronx Museum of the Arts, The Aldrich Contemporary Art Museum, Bemis Center for Contemporary Art, International Center for Photography, and the Essl Museum of Contemporary Art (Austria).
Wilson's work has been reviewed in Artforum, Art in America, the New York Times, and The New Yorker among others. She has been awarded artist residencies at Yaddo, The Farpath Foundation (France), Bemis Center for Contemporary Arts, Headlands Center for the Arts, and the Sharpe-Walentas Studio Program. She was recently awarded a New York Foundation for the Arts Fellowship in Photography and chosen as the Deutsche Bank Fellow, and was awarded a 2014 Jerome Foundation Travel Grant. Recent solo exhibitions include Grimm Gallery in Amsterdam, Brand New Gallery in Milan, and a solo presentation at the Armory 2016 with Higher Pictures, New York.