Excerpt from the Falls Church News-Press online article by Kevin Mellema:
“Photographer Sonya A. Lawyer‘s current body of work deals with African American heritage on an individual level. She collects vintage black and white photos of anonymous strangers, which she uses as source material for her pieces. The work recalls the recent snapshot show at the National Gallery of Art, though the similarity departs there.
Lawyer scans the collected photos and prints them out digitally, then transfers that image into swatches of hand dyed fabric. The finished images on fabric are then stretched over backing boards and assembled in a sort of photographic quilt. Each piece generally features a repetition of one photo for emphasis. Sometimes working deliberately, but mostly working on an intuitive level, she chooses fabric colors she feels would represent that person’s personality. In amongst these strangers are key members of her family, such as her grandfathers and great grandfather for example.”
Read the full article or visit the Greater Reston Arts Center online.