Ruth Thorne-Thomsen: Within this Garden
8.5 x 11.75 inches
156 pages, Hardcover
92 duotone and 24 b/w halftone
Designer: ISBN: 978-0893815493
Publisher: Aperture (1993)
Using a homemade pinhole camera, Ruth Thorne-Thomsen immerses viewers into the world as she views, it in order to “palm off fantasy as reality.” The one-of-a-kind camera, which vastly increases the depth of field, helps Thorne-Thomsen invent and manipulate mysterious landscapes where the individual and collective unconscious merge into a shared spiritual realm.
Since 1976, Ruth Thorne-Thomsen has worked extensively with the pinhole camera and paper negatives to achieve soft-focus effects. Drawing references from philosophy, literature, myth, and dreams, she configures a psychic territory where archetype and reality playfully merge.
After earning a B.F.A. in painting from Southern Illinois University and a B.F.A. in photography from Columbia College, she studied at the School of the Art Institute of Chicago, earning an MFA in 975. Thorne-Thomsen has received awards from the National Endowment for the Arts (1982, 1989) and La Napoule Foundation, France (1989). She taught photography at Columbia College (1974-83) and in the department of fine arts and theater at the University of Colorado (1983-89). Thorne-Thomsen lives and works in Philadelphia and Moab, Utah. Her work is held in many permanent collections, including the Art Institute of Chicago, Bibliotheque Nationale, France, SF Museum of Modern Art, the Whitney Museum of American Art, and The Museum of Contemporary Photography.