In History Series I, my family's story makes itself present through the layering of natural elements native to the north Texas and southern Oklahoma landscape with old family photographs. My inherited memories are constituted of Dust Bowl experiences; droughts and tornados; the red, fruitful, overturned earth, mineral-rich well water; and the vibration of grasshoppers harmonizing with the hymn of a summertime baptism in the big warm pond west of the old house. In integrating family and nature, I am articulating a new presence for the historically determined blueprint grounding the possibility of the person I am to become. In doing so, I am tending to that blueprint and thereby caring for the historical narrative of my family.
Excerpt from her essay in the FOTOFEST2006 catalogue.
ANGILEE WILKERSON History Series I
In this body of work, Wilkerson references the memory shared with her Oklahoma ancestors. This memory is created through handed down narratives passing through what was once “Indian Territory” and from the multiple accounts of prophetic dreams and visions told to the artist by her mother, grandmother, and grandfather. In History Series I Wilkerson’s family story makes itself present through the layering of natural elements native to the north Texas and southern Oklahoma landscape with old family photographs.
Angilee Wilkerson lives and works in the Dallas-Fort Worth Metroplex. She is an artist, University instructor, and professional editorial photographer. She has participated in more than 30 national and regional exhibitions since 2002, including five solo shows.
Wilkerson has been recognized and honored by The Dallas Museum of Art; The New Museum of Contemporary Art, New York, NY; The Guggenheim Museum, New York, NY; The George Eastman Museum of Photography and Film, Rochester, NY; Temple University, Philadelphia, PA; SOHO Photo Gallery, New York, NY; The Society for Photographic Education; Aperture Magazine; and many others.
Wilkerson’s photographs have been feature in fine art journals, editorial magazines, and newspapers, including: The Photo Review; Photographer’s Forum; Harper’s & Queen—London; The Wall Street Journal; and countless others. Wilkerson is active in her community, leading workshops for institutions such as The Dallas Museum of Art, and the Girl Scouts of America. She has also worked with students in various local universities, colleges, high schools, and cultural centers.
Wilkerson is especially active in academia. In 2001, she was voted the Best of Southwest Photographers in Higher Education by the Council for the Advancement and Support of Education (CASE). In 2005, Wilkerson curated Works on Water, an international exhibition of multimedia artists celebrating the Art, Science, and Philosophy of water-related issues, as part of the 2005 WaterWays Symposium at the University of North Texas.