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Susan Paulsen: Wilmot

June 27, 2014 – September 28, 2014

“Wilmot is a little town in Ashley County, in southeast Arkansas. . . . A few years ago, Susan Paulsen set out to tell a kind of story, to chronicle a place in Arkansas through evocative photographs taken there over the course of many visits, in all seasons of the year. . . . Together, they form a picture of a place. For the artist, that place has a personal importance—part of her family comes from there, and for generations it has been a kind of homing place for them. Through her photographs of this particular place, she wants, as she has said, to make a sort of poem about all such places; to find commonalities among these individuals and people in other places. Her goal, from the outset, has been to evoke all the Wilmots, wherever they might be. But still there is this town, these people. . ."  - From the essay by George T. M. Shackelford, Susan Paulsen: Wilmot.

Susan Paulsen’s evocative visual poetry comes to the Arkansas Arts Center in the form of 71 photographs and two wall-sized assemblies of photographic prints that she made in Wilmot, Arkansas between 1995 and 2012. The exhibition was organized by the Maison européen de la photographie, in Paris. Now the images come home to Arkansas. They will be on view in the Townsend Wolfe Gallery from June 27, 2014 until September 28, 2014.

Sponsored by Brenda Mize.

Image: Susan Paulsen, Wilmot, 2011, photograph, courtesy of the artist


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