Location: United States
Thea Witt has worked in fine art, commercial and journalistic photography in New Mexico and California for more than thirty years. Her work has been exhibited at Art Singapore, an international photography show; in a two-person exhibit in the Li Junsheng Gallery in Zhangjiajie, China and has also exhibited in Sorrento, Italy. Her work is in permanent installations of photography in Aztec and Truth or Consequences, New Mexico as a part of the Department of Cultural Affairs’ Art in Public Places Program. In 2008, she was the winner of the City of Santa Fe Poster Competition. Her photographs have appeared in several publications, including Yoga for Midlife and Beyond, The Essential Guidebook for Massage Therapists, New Mexico Treasures Calendar and the New Mexico Regional Calendar. Her work has been exhibited in Johnson’s Gallery, Madrid, New Mexico and in galleries in Big Sur and Carmel, California.
The power of Thea Witt’s photography emanates from her unabashed embrace of the art form’s essential paradox: every moment is unique, fleeting and pregnant with possibility, yet every image is an intimate study of that moment’s highest meaning. Witt has had ample experience in the exploration of how relationships evolve in her personal and professional life. In her artwork, she draws upon this experience, broadening her scope to include relationships not only between people, but also between people and their surroundings, between nature and architecture, and between light and shadow.
Witt finds constant inspiration from the incomparable light of northern New Mexico – the same light that D. H. Lawrence once celebrated as proud and soul stirring. What sets Witt apart from the crowd in the world of photography is her willingness to take the time to truly study her subjects as just that – subjects. Not objects to be viewed objectively and admired from a distance or from behind the lens. For Witt, the subject becomes a muse with which she invites and fosters an entirely subjective and passionate relationship. The result is an image that is both personal and universal – with an edge of the inevitable.