The Dog and the Wolf is Letinsky’s newest series of photographs. The title is from Aesop’s Fable of the same name, but also refers to the French phrase L’heure entre chien et loup — the time between dog and wolf is seen when dusk becomes night. This is a mysterious time when day and night exist together, when a dog is no longer a dog but not fully a wolf. Exploring this concept, Letinsky is now photographing in twilight as opposed to the morning light that permeated her earlier work. The subject matter of her recent still life photographs mirrors the darker lighting and mood with a grotesque beauty. Dead hares, birds, and even an octopus more typical of this historical genre share the stage with lollipops, candy canes, and half-eaten fruit from the artist’s own daily life.
Laura Letinsky (b. Canada, 1962) received her MFA from Yale University in 1991 and was awarded a John Simon Guggenheim Fellowship in 2000. Letinsky’s work is held in the collections of the Stuttgart Museum, Germany, Museum of Contemporary Photography, Chicago, San Francisco Museum of Modern Art, The Art Institute of Chicago, Museum of Contemporary Art Chicago, Amon Carter Museum, and the Museum of Fine Arts, Houston, among others. She has exhibited internationally most recently in Rome, London and Bochum Germany. This past summer, Letinsky was an Artist in Residence at Randolph Cliff, Edinburgh College of Art, Scotland and Three Shadows Photography Art Centre, Beijing, China. A survey of her work is being organized by the Winnipeg Art Gallery in 2010 and will travel. Laura Letinsky is currently a Professor at the University of Chicago.