Approved: 29.07.2011

Thom Rees

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Approved: 29.07.2011

It is in society that everything we know is placed, every thing we have learnt becomes of substance, every thing we have experienced is played out. Greatly influenced by the space in which we live and experience through the daily aspects of our lives, my practice observes existence through the objectivity of materials, connotations and reference. Experimentation, manipulation and a continual progression

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Artist Statement

It is in society that everything we know is placed, every thing we have learnt becomes of substance, every thing we have experienced is played out. Greatly influenced by the space in which we live and experience through the daily aspects of our lives, my practice observes existence through the objectivity of materials, connotations and reference. Experimentation, manipulation and a continual progression through thought and process create a forgoing interest into method and making. My art is predominantly formed around an observational study of the space around us, looking at the materialistic and physiological way that we structure our lives within a social and tangible space. Primarily it looks at the materials which we use to build our lives, the aspects of life and the space around us that are often over looked or taken for granted. Materials are experimented with, through the use of different processes and methods, in turn taking them out of context and manipulating them to the point where their intended functionality is lesser to their formal aesthetic qualities, developing a deeper perceptual experience. As in life we perceive things at a literal aesthetic level, in my practice I look to expand this perceptual experience using connotations and symbolism, thus adding conceptual substance to the work, forcing the viewer to experience the materials in an unfamiliar light.

CV & Education

Qualifications and training 2005 - BA (Hon's) Fine Art: Printmaking, University of Brighton, Brighton Solo exhibitions 2011 - Thom Rees [Untitled], Stantonbury Campus Gallery, Stantonbury Campus Group exhibitions 2008 - Take it as read, Stroud House Gallery, Stroud Degree shows 2008 - Brighton University degree Show, University of Brighton, Brighton Competitions, prizes and awards 2008 - Burt Brill & Cardens recognition of outstanding artistic achievement, University of Brighton, Brighton