Featuring essays by Alejandro Malo, the Mexico City-based photography critic; and Dr. Mary Ann Wilson, Distinguished Professor of English and Women’s Studies at the University of Louisiana at Lafayette. Interview with artist Lynda Frese and exhibition curator Laura Blereau.
Published on the occasion of a solo exhibition at the Hilliard University Art Museum, this catalogue presents the work of visual artist Lynda Frese. It highlights a selection of early gelatin silver photograms and experiments made in California, while tracing a steady trajectory, from 1978 to 2018, of her continued interest in human and natural forms.
"As a photographer Frese draws with light, but as a painter she also reveals a deep sensitivity to color and material that is specific to place. Some of the compositions radiate an earthy glow. She is a keen observer of the natural world and its energies, yet her figures operate in a symbolically rich plane of the imagination. . . . Frese’s pictures are essentially landscapes, and the human lives represented in them are part of a larger system of nature. Her work is a witness to countless mythologies, and also tells a story of personal discovery. It seeks spaces of emotional and spiritual power while featuring a myriad of figures – from family members to pop-stars, insects, and icons from antiquity."
— Laura Blereau, Curator and Coordinator of Academic Programming, Newcomb Art Museum, Tulane University
Lynda Frese: Holy Memories & Earthly Delights
The Artwork of Lynda Frese, 1978 - 2018
UL Press, Lafayette, LA
Softcover, 2018. 72 pp.
The images in Lynda Frese's Pacha Mama: earth realm imagine a set of religious iconography using ideas borrowed from the Italian Renaissance and indigenous cultures of South America. In this collection, the Saints and the Nature Spirits are fused together in hybrid landscapes. The narrative is about the South American earth goddess Pachamama, who appears as a divine entity to us in the natural world. Themes of redemption and enchantment, death and renewal are echoed in the texts, poems and Sanskrit prayers.
Frese’s photographic images come from ancient sites ranging from pre-historic Europe, the jungles and lands of the Mayans, to Louisiana’s Gulf of Mexico, where the artist lives. Transparent layers of egg tempera paint, made with antique pigments and egg yolks from the studio environments where she is working, are painted over the printed collage images.
With text contributions by Louisiana’s poet laureate Darrell Bourque, yogi Michele Baker and dancer/filmaker Kathi von Koerber; including an introduction by artist Lynda Frese.
Pacha Mama: earth realm
Photographic collages by Lynda Frese
2011. 64 pp., color images with texts, poems and prayers
An enganging survey of contemporary collage work from 40 of the leading international artists working today. It features a mix of techniques from traditional cut-and-paste to digital to collage with paint or encaustic, and styles ranging from wildly playful and colorful to evocative, almost monochrome images. Each highlighted master takes center stage in an informative eight-page feature that includes nearly a dozen gorgeous, high-quality photos plus a short essay by curator Randel Plowman placing the impressive work and its creator in context.
Featuring Frese's Hindu Deities Along the Gulf Coast series, 2005-2007.
Masters: Collage: Major Works by Leading Artists
Terry Taylor, ed. Lark Books, Ashville, NC
Aspects of the divine, from the goddess to the madonna.
“Lynda Frese has an instinct for accumulating visual data. Over the years she has amassed a vast anthology of images from which she assemble her collages. Bodies, buildings, objets trouvés , old photographs and ex-votos are placed in evocative, ambiguous contexts as if by a magical process the ordered system of the muniment room has been disturbed by some unseen force. And like in a dream it seems one can never quite penetrate the labyrinth tantalizingly opened up to the spectator.” Alison Smith, Senior Programme Curator,Tate Britain
Lynda Frese: Immagini Pagane/Pagan Imaging, Catalog. Smith, Alison. (Curator, Tate Britain), Progetti Farnesiani, Italy