Artist Profile: Laura Letinsky

February 26, 2013 | Published Articles, Writing

The following artist profile was published in Art ltd, in January  2013:

Laura Letinsky’s well-lit apartment draws you first into the dining room–a fitting entrance, given that so many of the artist’s photographs took place at this table. “I got a studio in 2006,” Letinsky says, at the table’s head. “Before that, I always worked out of my home. This table is where 90% of that work was made.” Surrounding cabinets contain countless ceramic dishes–satin, white painted bowls clearly made by hand. They stand in perilous stacks, both poised and ready to crash to the ground. While Letinsky isn’t known for her ceramics, they complement her fine art photography: their palette, relation to food, and even precariousness reflect themes present in the rest of her work.

Untitled #13 From the series: Ill Form & Void Full
2011, archival pigment print on Hanhemule paper
40 1/4″ x 50″
Photo: courtesy Valerie Carberry Gallery, Chicago

Letinsky was born in Winnipeg in 1962. Her father was an architect who urged her to pursue a practical livelihood. Heeding his advice, she at first studied interior design, switching tacks only after his untimely death. “It was less a pursuit of my artistic calling than the realization that one could drop dead tomorrow.” Letinsky received her BFA from the University of Manitoba and an MFA from Yale. Alongside an active, international exhibition track record, she authored several books while working at the University of Chicago, where she has been a professor in their Visual Arts Department for the last 19 years. A show of recent work, “Ill Form & Void Full” closed this November at Valerie Carberry Gallery in Chicago; meanwhile the Denver Art Museum opened a retrospective of Letinsky’s still life photographs from 1997-2010. (read more)