Erica Meryl Thomas
Art is what allows us to reflect on our lives and what we value, and to put those values into practice. By calling what I do "art" my projects can occupy the space in-between the sometimes rigid lines that define other disciplines. In these spaces there is room for wonder, imagination, and play, but also questioning and criticality, all of which can lead to more meaningful, shared experiences and further understanding of ourselves and
I have a heavily research-based practice, within which I create space for conversations, form community, and promote empowered place making/keeping, and relationships. Often working as an embedded artist in a context or place leads to conversations about what is most meaningful to people, and therefore sometimes most difficult to talk about. The resulting projects are usually collaborative, rooted in a place, often take the form of an intervention in public space, public conversations, publications, or designed experiences. Sometimes these projects are designed for an audience of one and other times hundreds or more. I approach my lifework through a feminist lens and am continuing to learn what that means every day.
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