In Shellburne Thurber's work, anxieties associated with the latent eccentricities of presumably rational, calculated spaces are depicted as fraught with emotionality — somehow charged with the traces of their absent inhabitants. Her photographs seek to render even an ordinary room or landscape an interior landscape, and the absence of literal human subjects causes slippage, a continuous displacement of meaning onto seemingly prosaic details. By photographing intensely intimate, however "public," spaces such as motels or offices, Thurber indicates the unique interstices of public and private that these spaces represent, pointing to their layered internal significance.
Shellburne Thurber’s one-person exhibitions include the Boston Athenaeum, Elias Fine Art, Boston, the Weatherspoon Gallery, University of North Carolina, Greensboro, NC, Stark Gallery, NY, Museum of Fine Arts, Boston, The Institute of Contemporary Art, Boston, Jack Shainman Gallery, NY, and Susan Inglett Gallery, NY. She has participated in numerous group exhibitions including Smith College Museum of Art, Northampton, MA, The Peabody Essex Museum, Salem, MA, The London Science Museum, Hartford, CT, Aldritch Museum of Contemporary Art, Ridgefield, CT, Escuela Nacional de Fotografo, Buenos Aires, Argentina, Worcester Art Museum, Worcester, MA, Thread Waxing Space, NY, andThe Institute of Contemporary Art, Boston.
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