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Laine Wyatt: Obsessions, Curiosities, and Fancies

Southeast Museum of Photography - Daytona Beach

By Claire Fenton

This exhibition by Laine Wyatt focuses on five bodies of works that traverse expansive topics she touched on throughout her career, such as the nature of women’s relationship to clothing, the physiological landscape of grief, uninhabited interior public spaces, a contemporary observation of the fair, and evocations of longing.

Laine Wyatt, Contemporary Untitled Film Still #48. Courtesy Southeast Museum of Photography.

Laine Wyatt, Contemporary Untitled Film Still #48. Courtesy Southeast Museum of Photography.

One of the series’ more interesting works is Obsession/Compulsion, which addresses women’s relationship with clothing. Some of these photos are the result of documentations of collections of clothing from members of her family. Through the observation of each wardrobe, one can identify symbols that represent habits, preferences, cultural and religious beliefs, etc. About the project, she says, “This work is about my experience and the shared experience of being female in our society. Our culture has ordained consumption and we, in turn, are consumed by consuming. Our energies, creativity and power are channeled into this pursuit.”

Wyatt, a professor at the University of Central Florida, has shown her work in more than 120 exhibitions across the U.S. and abroad, including the Museum of Contemporary Photography in Illinois, Center for Fine Art Photography in Colorado, Society for Contemporary Photography in Missouri, Postart, Italy in and Mokwon University in South Korea, among other venues. Through Sept. 21.

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