Approved: 25.04.2008

Mimei Thompson

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Approved: 25.04.2008

My work is a reflection of an internal world, where images function metaphorically and symbolically, as in dreams, memory and the unconscious. There are recurring motifs of landscape, vegetation, human and animal forms, as well as abstract paint marks. I see the work as an exploration of the fluid and permeable nature of perception.
An ongoing theme of investigation, both in the form and the content

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  • Location: London
 

Biography

My work is a reflection of an internal world, where images function metaphorically and symbolically, as in dreams, memory and the unconscious. There are recurring motifs of landscape, vegetation, human and animal forms, as well as abstract paint marks. I see the work as an exploration of the fluid and permeable nature of perception. An ongoing theme of investigation, both in the form and the content of the work, is the idea that the natural always exists as a construct. There is an awareness of the impossibility of pure nature, coupled with a longing for it. There is a desire, knowingly unattainable, for a direct connection to origin and authenticity. The paintings prominently display signs of their making, reflecting a position of their self-awareness. The works are both process based, and representational, figurative and abstract. Paint marks in the work are descriptive, but also often function in themselves as illusory objects within the picture plane, with the own physicality remaining dominant. In a recent series, I have been using the motif of the cave, to stand in for the unconscious mind. The cave is a space that is both of the landscape, and yet enclosed, inside. It refers to and internal, the inside of the body. Forms, figures, creatures are suggested in the rock formations, and I am interested in the possibility of the viewer being able to project onto these implied forms their own associations and interpretations, as with Rorschach inkblot tests. Another recent series is based on the gardens at Versailles. I am interested in gardens as places constructed from natural elements, but which are highly artificial, theatrical, and are statements about power and control, of which the gardens that Louis XIV had created at Versailles are an absolute archetype. Such gardens are real places that exist in the world, but are also works of art, and are removed from the world. I have been employing the images of these French gardens as metaphors for façade and to create images that conjure up a lurking, seething, dark sense that there is another reality hidden behind their immaculately poised artificiality.

CV & Education

Qualifications and training 2005 - MA Painting, Royal College of Art, London 1994 - BA Fine Art Photography, Glasgow School of Art, Glasgow Solo exhibitions 2009 - Internal Geometry, The Drawing Room at St George's Hall, Liverpool 2008 - Mime 1, Transition Gallery, London Group exhibitions 2012 - O / A Stiff Bandeau, Tricycle Theatre Gallery, London 2011 - Fries Material, Weltraum Gallery, Munich, Germany 2011 - Interspaces, SunBear Gallery at Patriothall Gallery, Edinburgh 2011 - The Count of Monte Cristo: The Island of True Stories, Phoenix Gallery, Exeter 2008 - Future 50, Project Space Leeds, Leeds 2008 - Living Walls of Jet, Ceri Hand Gallery, Liverpool 2007 - Studio Voltaire Open, Studio Voltaire, London 2006 - Baroque My World, Transition Gallery, London 2006 - Territory, University of the Arts Gallery, London Competitions, prizes and awards 2011 - Marmite Painting Prize, Nunnery, London , and Tour to Coventry and Tameside 2010 - Exeter Contemporary Open, Phoenix Gallery, Exeter 2010 - Jerwood Contemporary Painters, Jerwood Space, Project Space Leeds, Durham Art Gallery, London, Leeds, Durham