With this body of work, Tharsing references the dioramas in the American Museum of Natural History to challenge our perception of reality. Many of the themes of this exhibition relate to her 2011 show at Institute 193, titled Natural History.
From the curator:
Lina Tharsing’s paintings seek a precise moment in both time and space when the lines of fiction and reality intersect. At that instant anything is possible. The traditional limits of belief and understanding are called into question and replaced with a deliberately composed tension of multiple truths. The viewer of these works is asked not to study the individual painted figures, animals, or props but to look through a window onto other worlds and landscapes, across place and time, and to find their own truths.
You can see more images of the exhibition on Radiolab’s blog.
Read an article about Tharsing’s new work in the Lexington Herald-Leader here.