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This profile was last updated on 8/19/10  and contains information from public web pages.
 
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  • MFA
    Indiana University
  • architectural history
    Royal Academy of Art
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Alice WingwallKQED Arts: ...
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Alice Wingwall
"My vision comes from putting a lot of images together ... and that comes from the memory." -- Alice WingwallView Spark segment on Alice Wingwall.Original airdate: May 2005.
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When noted photographer and sculptor Alice Wingwall began losing her sight, she became determined to continue making visual art.Now almost completely blind, Wingwall remains a vital visual artist, making lyrical and poignant photo-based works that often express her experience of being without sight.Spark checks in on Wingwall as she works on a new series of architectural photographs.
Wingwall suffers from retinitis pigmentosa, a hereditary degenerative disease of the eye.After all but losing her perception of light a number of years ago, Wingwall discovered that a great deal of her experience of vision happens in her mind.The brain is capable of representing line, color and perspective even without the help of eyesight.
She rarely photographs all alone -- she asks colleagues, including her husband, architect Donlyn Lyndon, to look through her lens and describe what they see.During this collaborative process, she describes her "mind's eye" image and asks if the camera captures this view, using her deep store of memory for other comparison points.
Along with her memory, Wingwall relies to a great degree on her other senses in making her photographs.She may feel the heat of the sun in order to get a sense of the strength and direction of the light source, and she may similarly sense the reflected light radiating from her subject.
Wingwall often uses auto-focus cameras to capture images.In addition, she uses an array of lenses intended to capture her failing sight.Although a 50-millimeter lens renders an image close to what the human eye sees, Wingwall is fond of using wider lenses and panoramic cameras that warp the image and represent her newfound inner vision of the world.
Several of Wingwall's photographs deal with her experience of working as a visual artist without the aid of sight.Many of her works feature architecture -- one of her favorite subjects -- superimposed with images of her guide dog, Slater, or his predecessor, Joseph.These images highlight the ways in which her negotiation of the world around her is now mediated through another being, and the intimate relationship that that establishes between her and her dogs.
Alice Wingwall earned an M.F.A. in sculpture from UC Berkeley and was a professor of sculpture and director of the studio arts program at Wellesley College.She has explored many different mediums, and she trained in stained-glass fabrication in Paris.She co-directed a film with Wendy Snyder MacNeil titled "Miss BlindSight/The Wingwall Auditions," which won Best Independent Film at the 25th anniversary New England Film and Video Festival.
Resources University of Oregon Museum of Natural History: Alice Wingwall's Rock Walk BAM/PFA: Blind at the Museum
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Alice Wingwall works with the juxtaposition of images. In her photographs, photomurals, sculpture, site-specific installations and film, she brings together compositional elements, memories and associations. The spatial arrangements, evocative prints and words that she creates have a very distinctive presence.
Alice was born in Indianapolis, Indiana, studied art at Indiana University, architectural history and sculpture at the University of California, Berkeley, where she was awarded an MFA and served as a graduate student instructor. She also studied in Paris at the Ecole du Louvre, the Ecole Metiers d'Art (stained glass studio), and the Atelier del Debbio for stone carving. With a grant from the Danish government she studied architectural history at the Royal Academy of Art in Copenhagen.
Subsequently she taught in the University of Oregon Honors College and started the sculpture program at Wellesley College as an Assistant Professor. Her work is included on the campus and in the collections of the University of Oregon, the Oakland Art Museum, the University of California College of Environmental Design, and in private collections in Massachusetts, Indiana, Texas, Oregon and California.
The Sea Ranch Association Soundings - Fall, 2001
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Two well-known Sea Ranch artists, Alice Wingwall and Jim Alinder have photography exhibitions on display at the Alinder Gallery in Gualala until November.
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Wingwall continues to be a substantive creative photographer, studying the relationship of people to the buildings in which they live and work.Buildings are her favorite subjects because, she smiles, "They don't move."Often, Wingwall will place herself and her canine friend, first Joseph and now Slater, within the frame, sometimes using complex, multiple exposures.
Having an extraordinary visual memory, Wingwall will compose the image in her mind's eye, load film in her camera, place it on a tripod and then ask a companion, often her husband, architect Donlyn Lyndon, to frame the image as she directs.When she is satisfied that the lens is seeing what she is "seeing," she releases the shutter.Home at Berkeley, she works closely with a printer to achieve the final print.
Wingwall taught sculpture at Wellesley College where she became interested in photography.A Fulbright sent her to Copenhagen and the study of Romanesque architecture in Denmark.When she returned to America, she worked in two media: sculpture and photography.Recently she was awarded a prestigious research fellowship at Radcliffe/Harvard Colleges.
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Lisa enjoyed a watercress and endive salad with Roquefort, toasted walnuts and walnut vinaigrette at $8.50, absolute perfection.
Kronos Quartet
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Alice Wingwall
Kronos Quartet
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Alice Wingwall Sculptor & Photographer
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