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Liz Deschenes in Conversation with Laura Larson

It Needed to Get Done

Collaged image with an installation of Liz Deschenes' work on the left and a portrait of Laura Larson on the right.

Join photographer Liz Deschenes and artist and writer Laura Larson to reflect on the process of creative work and working as creative process.

How does a maker, teacher, or organizer bring to the surface what has been there all along? Deschenes and Larson will consider the transactions and issues that artists and organizers navigate to do their work. They’ll also share insights from their own projects and collaborations and discuss who and what inspires them—and how to uncover inspiration hidden in the everyday.

More about the series

Diversities in Practice is a collaboration between Ohio State’s Wexner Center for the Arts, Department of Art, and Living Culture Initiative. This series includes talks and moderated discussions featuring a range of artists, thinkers, and practitioners engaged in compelling and critical work, centering projects that examine, shape, and push both material and ideological boundaries. This season we are happy to present Liz Deschenes, Christopher Harris, Amy Sillman, Futura, and other artists. These presentations will be available online throughout 2021–22. Also available online are past talks from Stephanie Syjuco, Tomashi Jackson, Earlonne Woods and Nigel Poor, Jonathan Berger, Torkwase Dyson, and Cauleen Smith. Watch this website for updates and details.

Image of Laura Larson

Laura Larson, image courtesy of the artist

A gallery features artworks on the wall as well as large, colored rectangular sculptures on the floor.

Liz Deschenes, installation view at The Institute of Contemporary Art/Boston, 2016. Image courtesy the artist and Miguel Abreu Gallery, New York. Photo: Charles Mayer Photography.

About the artists

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Liz Deschenes “is a photographer who, in the best modernist tradition, pushes against the basic terms by which photography is conventionally defined,” writes curator and critic Matthew Witkovsky. Indeed, Deschenes uses extreme exposure and photogram techniques (images made without a camera) to create unique, shifting surfaces that frequently function as sculptural or architectural objects.

Deschenes has exhibited her work regularly since receiving her BFA in 1988 from the Rhode Island School of Design in Providence. She has most recently mounted solo exhibitions at Miguel Abreu Gallery, New York, and Campoli Presti, London and Paris. ICA Boston presented the first comprehensive survey of her photographs, organized by Eva Respini, in 2016. Her work is represented in the collections of such institutions as the Walker Art Center, Minneapolis; Centre Pompidou, Paris; Hirshhorn Museum and Sculpture Garden, Washington, DC; The Art Institute of Chicago; and The Metropolitan Museum of Art and The Museum of Modern Art in New York.

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Laura Larson is a photographer, writer, and teacher based in Columbus, Ohio. She’s exhibited her work at venues including Art in General, Brooklyn; Centre Pompidou, Paris; The Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York, and the Wexner Center, and her work is held in such collections as Allen Memorial Art Museum, Oberlin, Ohio; Deutsche Bank; Margulies Collection, Miami; Museum of Fine Arts, Houston; and the New York Public Library. Her first book, Hidden Mother (2017), was shortlisted for the Aperture-Paris Photo First Photo Book Prize and its companion exhibition—the first in the US to be devoted to this vernacular subject of hidden mother photography— traveled 2014–16. Larson is currently at work on City of Incurable Women (forthcoming from Saint Lucy Books) and All the Women I Know, a collaborative book with writer Christine Hume. Her work is represented by Contemporary Art Matters in Columbus.

Cosponsored by Ohio State’s Wexner Center for the Arts, Department of Art, and Living Culture Initiative.

American Electric Power Foundation

Ingram-White Castle Foundation
Ohio Arts Council
Martha Holden Jennings Foundation
State Farm
Milton and Sally Avery Arts Foundation
Karen Bell and Ben Maiden
Barb and Al Siemer
Chalmers P. Wylie VA Ambulatory Care Center

The Wexner Family
Greater Columbus Arts Council
The Columbus Foundation
Ohio Arts Council
American Electric Power Foundation
Adam Flatto
Mary and C. Robert Kidder
Bill and Sheila Lambert
L Brands Foundation
Institute of Museum and Library Services
Nationwide Foundation
Vorys, Sater, Seymour, and Pease
Arlene and Michael Weiss

Carol and David Aronowitz
Michael and Paige Crane
Pete Scantland
Axium Packaging
Bocchi Laboratories
Fenwick & West LLP
Jeni’s Splendid Ice Creams
President Kristina M. Johnson and Mrs. Veronica Meinhard
Nancy Kramer
M/I Homes
Voyant Beauty
Lisa Barton
Regina Miracle International Ltd.
Washington Prime Group
Alene Candles
Fuel Transport
Russell and Joyce Gertmenian
Liza Kessler and Greg Henchel
Matrix Psychological Services
Paramount Group, Inc.
Ron and Ann Pizzuti
Joyce and Chuck Shenk
Bruce and Joy Soll
Clark and Sandra Swanson
Business Furniture Installations
E.C. Provini Co, Inc.
Garlock Printing & Converting
Jones Day
New England Development
Our Country Home
Performance Team
Premier Candle Corporation
Steiner + Associates
Textile Printing
Andrew and Amanda Wise


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Liz Deschenes in Conversation with Laura Larson