“Opacity, clarity, gravity, and air are wed in Quesenberry’s construction such that the impulse to touch, to know, is tempered by a desire to celebrate uncertainty and honor illusion with a fascination equal to, and perhaps exceeding, the urge to know conclusively.”
– Joe Manning, 2015
Letitia Quesenberry uses color lenses, filters, shadow and light as a means of exploring vision’s ambiguities. Her artistic concerns involve the cultivation of an aesthetic inscrutability, a type of visual veiling to destabilize perception. To this end she has worked with drawing, painting, photography, text and light itself. She accentuates nuance, combining semitransparent materials like color correction film, resin, beeswax and sanded plexiglass with reflective or opaque materials like graphite, spray paint, plaster, mirrors, coal slag and mica dust. Through the play of materials, surfaces, and technologies, Quesenberry surveys the boundaries of visual perception, memory’s effect on present experience and how these relate to ideas of certainty. She has had solo exhibitions at David Smith Gallery, Denver; Quappi Projects, Louisville; Pieter PASD, Los Angeles; Rockford University; Deborah Berke Partners, New York; and Smack Mellon, Brooklyn. Her work has also been included in exhibitions at 57W57Arts, New York; Ryan Lee Gallery, New York; KMAC, Louisville; the Speed Art Museum, Louisville. Large-scale commissions include scenic design for two productions by the Louisville Ballet. Quesenberry is the recipient of the Efroymson Contemporary Arts Fellowship (2008), VSC/Helen Frankenthaler Fellowship (2020), Great Meadows Foundation Artists Professional Development Grant (2018/2016), and Kentucky Arts Council Al Smith Fellowship (2004). She received a BFA from the University of Cincinnati and lives in Louisville KY.