The Depot Gallery, 200 South Jones, will host an Art Chat With Lauren Midgley on Sunday, February 2, 2020 beginning at 2:00 pm. Lauren will discuss, and answer questions about, the techniques used in creating “A Thin Place,” her exhibition of conceptual fine art photography currently showing in The Depot Gallery featuring her surrealist self-portraiture. There is no admission charge.
Midgley utilizes illustrative photography, employing advanced digital manipulation techniques, as a means to seek out Celtic tradition’s “thin places” through exercises of deepened creativity, hoping to “uniquely foster deep connection and captivate her audience.” (In ancient Celtic heritage, the veil between this world and the eternal is said to be only three feet apart. This is “a thin place” where truth abides, both beautiful and violent.)
Lauren invites the viewer to vulnerably share her experience in the thin place as it relates to uncomfortable realities of the human condition and the spiritual heart. Aiming to create a place for conversation around the intersections of art, mental health, and the spiritual life, she hopes her photographs “offer a safe space to acknowledge the heart collectively.”
Currently residing in Norman, Midgley studied Studio Arts at Texas Tech University. Introduced to a DSLR Camera in 2015, she discovered conceptual fine art photography as a means to foster her creative vision. Lauren has since acquired experience in nearly all photographic genres including 19th century antiquarian wet place collodion process. Her work has been shown in galleries and juried exhibitions across the country.
A closing reception will be held in conjunction with the 2nd Friday Art Walk on February 14 from 6 to 9 pm. “A Thin Place will remain in the Depot Gallery through February 29.
The Depot is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization with a mission to create and present excellent and innovative fine arts programs for the enrichment and education of the community.
All programs at The Depot are made possible, in part, by grants from Norman Arts Council and Oklahoma Arts Council, and by Norman Parks and Recreation Department and generous individual donors.