Lauren Midgley Photograph 240The Depot Gallery will host a second reception for “A Thin Place,” an exhibition of conceptual fine art photography featuring Lauren Midgley’s surrealist self-portraiture. Held in conjunction with Norman’s 2nd Friday Art Walk on February 14, 2020 the 6 to 9 pm reception also features a mini-concert by Gunter Hammett at 7 followed by a brief interview with Lauren Midgley at 7:30. Hammett will provide background music for the remainder of the evening. “A Thin Place” will remain in the Depot Gallery through February 29. 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.

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.