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Emily’s creative process begins with walking as research to explore new places. Documenting her progress through photography, she analyses the thematic, repetitive features of buildings as well as their structural forms and materiality. These aspects of architecture have the ability to communicate the historical, social and cultural characteristics of a place. She then carefully selects photographs to communicate her ideas, taking both conceptual and aesthetic factors into consideration. Emily uses collaging as a technique to study her images. This allows her to visualise the possible outcomes of her photographs as three-dimensional abstract forms.

 

Emily is intrigued by our human desire to categorise everything in terms of form and function. This instinct is challenged through her work which sits somewhere between painting, sculpture, object and architecture. Materiality is therefore a fundamental aspect, as the viewer intuitively attempts to define it in terms of medium. Emily selects materials to re-create a sense of place and portray the key characteristics of the represented area.

 

Colour is also a vital component of Emily’s work and is significant within the architecture that she photographs. Some places embrace bright colours and welcome street art. In contrast, clear white buildings with two-way mirrors reflect capitalist progress, with an attempt to appear as transparent institutions. Colour has the ability to encourage conceptual interpretation and assert visual impact.

 

Emily was born in a small village in Somerset (UK) and became fascinated by the city when she moved to London in 2014. After completing her Foundation Diploma at Camberwell College of Arts, Emily began her Fine Art degree at Chelsea College of Arts and graduated in 2018. Since then, she has been selected for residencies in Berlin, Taiwan and Barcelona, which have culminated in significant exhibitions. Other career highlights include exhibitions at La peau de l’ours (Brussels) and Oxo Tower (London).

EDUCATION​

2015 - 2018 BA (Hons) Fine Art, Chelsea College of Arts (University of Arts London)

2014 - 2015 Foundation Diploma in Art and Design (Distinction), Camberwell College of Arts (UAL)

SOLO EXHIBITIONS

2019        Shapeshifter, Soulangh Cultural Park, Tainan, Taiwan

2019        Emily Thomas, GlogauAIR Showcase Window, Berlin

2019        London is Open, Global 12 Festival, London

2018        Hackney, I love you. I lost you., Hoxton Cabin, London

2018        Disintegrating Space, The Royal Marsden Hospital, Sutton

GROUP EXHIBITIONS

2019        Anniversary Exhibition, La peau de l’ours, Brussels

2019        Open Studios Exhibition, GlogauAIR, Berlin

2018        Orbit UK Arts Graduated Show, Oxo Tower, London

2018        Young Talents, Tour and Taxis, Affordable Art Fair, Brussels

2018        Black Swan Arts Open, Black Swan Arts, Frome, England

2018        Fine Art Degree Show, Chelsea College of Arts, London

2018        Interim Show, The Cookhouse, London

2018        UAL Olympus Photography Awards, Bermondsey Project Space, London

2017        Translations, The Morgue, London

2017        Second Year Show, The Triangle Space, London

2017        Director and Curator of Honey, I’m Home, A217 Gallery, London

2017        Liminal Ecosystems, Copeland Gallery, London 

2016        Artists as Curators, A217 Gallery, London

2016        Territories, DLG13, London

2016        Cognitive Faculties, IKLECTIK Art Lab, London

2015        Synonyms for Exploration, The Cookhouse, London

2015        CCW Foundation Summer Show, Camberwell College of Arts, London

RESIDENCIES

2020        La Escocesa, Barcelona, Funded by La Memoria Artística Chema Alvargonzalez (January - February 2020, to be completed in 2021)

2019        Soulangh Cultural Park, Tainan, Taiwan, Funded by the Cultural Affairs Bureau of the Tainan City Government (April - June 2019)

2019        GlogauAIR, Berlin, Supported by the European Cultural Foundation (January - March 2019)

PROJECT FUNDING AND GRANTS

2020        Arts Council England: Emergency Response Fund For Individuals

2020        La Memoria Artística Chema Alvargonzalez: Award for a funded residency at La Escocesa, Barcelona

2019        Cultural Affairs Bureau of the Tainan City Government: Artist Work Stipend and Fellowship

2019        European Cultural Foundation: STEP Travel Grant

COMMISSION PRIZES

2018        New Dawn Risk Commission Prize, London

2017        Frontier Economics Commission Prize, London

 

AWARD NOMINATIONS

2018        The UAL Olympus Photography Award

2016        The Lynn Painter-Stainers Prize

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