ca. 1965
Found wood Light levels: Not to exceed 15 footcandles (150 lux)
Overall: 29 1/8 × 25 3/4 × 2 1/4 in. (73.98 × 65.41 × 5.72 cm)

Mildred Thompson began experimenting with the elasticity of painting as early as the late 1950s. Her series Wood Pictures expanded ideas around the general practice of painting but also the specific genre of landscape painting. Working with pieces of found wood, Thompson combined and assembled wooden fragments, using each piece as a gesture of the brush. Drawing upon her material’s natural grain, she punctuated the picture frame with her compositions that placed one grain strategically against the other. Her work also comments on the notion of place, with each piece of wood representative not only of its original source but also its connectedness to the larger whole. Thompson’s view on life was metaphysical, and she drew upon the principles of interconnectedness throughout her practice.

Arthur and Margaret Glasgow Endowment
2021: "The Dirty South: Contemporary Art, Material Culture, and the Sonic Impulse", VMFA, May 22 - September 6, 2021

Mildred Thompson: Wood Pictures, Galerie l'Aquarium, Valenciennes, France, 2010
Mildred Thompson: a life long exploration 1936 - 2003, Leopold-Hoesch Museum, Duren, Germany, 2009
Bodo Glaub, Cologne, Germany, 1969
Kline Galerie, Aachen, Germany, 1967
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