In our personal spaces

Photographer’s exhibit captures people’s habits and spaces

Milwaukee-based photographer Lois Bielefeld will discuss her photography at 5 p.m. March 14 at Mount Mary University as part of her exhibit titled Between There and Now, an exploration of people in their personal spaces – in the University’s Marian Gallery.

Bielefeld has been making such portraits since 2008. During this time span, she has photographed and re-photographed some of the same individuals for different projects. Between There and Now features the overlapping subjects from three bodies of work: The Bedroom (2008-2012), Weeknight Dinners (2013-2015, 2017), and Neighborhood (2015-current). Capturing the same individuals over time and place gives the viewer a sense of voyeurism and self-reflection.

  • The Bedroom is a series of 103 portraits of people in their bedrooms and is centered on the belief that our bedrooms reflect our personas, both real and aspirational.
  • Weeknight Dinners has 86 portraits of typical weeknight meals within the home, when food and space often become secondary to the busy workday. It challenges the deeply rooted idealism of what dinner should look like.
  • Neighborhood has 106 portraits and shows people and animals in the walkable space near their homes. Most presentation – our neighbor’s lawn, city infrastructure, and existing structures and landscapes – is beyond our reach yet impacts how others perceive the area outside our home.

Between There and Now will be on display in the Marian Gallery through Mar. 21, 2018 with an artist lecture on from 5 to 6 p.m. March 14 in Helfaer Hall.

Learn more about the Marian Gallery and upcoming and past exhibits.