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about

I’m a by-product of Post-Democratic America…it is within this paradigm shift that I struggle to secure intellectual understanding of the social and political environment around me. From this place, I began a late-in-life pursuit of art as a tool for creating dialogue or Visual Discourse.

 

The hardness of the topics, oppositions of opinions, are softened and made approachable by seeing them in an art form. Disarming, yet approachable. I develop work in the Assemblage genre; juxtaposing ordinary objects over the shape of a flag and utilizing encaustic wax to create and bind concept and object. Message supersedes aesthetic.

 

After a decade of social-political focus, I have begun a phase of exploration more focused on aesthetic and material experimentation: “new work.” I shift from hot wax to cold wax with an integration of objects and materials. I’m playing, I’m finding what calls me. And I moved to San Miguel de Allende, Mexico just to make sure the change was real.

Education

Bachelor of Science, Marine Biology, University of West Florida, Pensacola, Florida
Master of Fine Arts, Virginia Commonwealth University, Richmond, Virginia


 

Selected Group Exhibitions

Thompson’s work has been exhibited at the Palm Springs Art Museum (ACE), Palm Springs, CA, Archangel Gallery, Palm Springs, CA and Venus Studios Gallery in Palm Desert, CA. Selected work from Thompson's  Visual Discourse series is slated to be included in a traveling exhibit: Embedded Messages: Truth, Justice and the American Way, opening at the University of Redlands, Redlands, CA (October - November 2016) traveling to Highlands Gallery, Chicago, IL (May, 2017).

2019 Sube y Baja (Up and Down), Exploring the Social and Political Landscape, Fundacion Casa Europa, San Miguele de Allende, MX

2017 Embedded Messages: Truth, Justice and the American Way, The Art Center, Chicago IL
2016 Embedded Messages: Truth, Justice and the American Way, University of Redlands, Redlands, CA
2016 United Artists, Charles Krause Reporting Fine Art, Washington, DC
2015 Annual ACE Exhibition, Juried by Christian Hohmann, Palm Springs Art Museum, Palm Springs, CA
2015 Archangel Gallery, Palm Springs, CA
2015 Encaustic Exhibition, Venus Studio, Palm Desert, CA
2015 Annual ACE Exhibition, Palm Springs Art Museum, Palm Springs, CA

Awards

2015 Best In Show, Annual ACE Exhibition, Juried by Christian Hohmann, Palm Springs Art Museum, Palm Springs, CA

Awards

2015 Best In Show, Annual ACE Exhibition, Juried by Christian Hohmann, Palm Springs Art Museum, Palm Springs, CA