Becca Thomas is an interdisciplinary artist currently living in Chicago, Illinois. Recently, she obtained her Master of Fine Arts in Fiber and Material Studies from the School of the Art Institute of Chicago. Her work engages conceptual and material investigations with interactive installations. In her installations she utilizes transparent fabric, soft sculptures, light, sound, and video to create a space that embodies an alternate reality. These interactive spaces serve not only as a conduit for experience, but as a setting for performative investigations.
My work takes the form of installation with elements of video, light, soft sculpture, scent, and sound. All of this culminates in an immersive and interactive environment in which I ask the viewer to engage. I utilize repetition with visual patterns as well as repetition within video performance and music as a language with which I build an alternate reality. In this reality exists two characters, my personas who perform actions to display the complex psychological states that echo daily life, as well as those psychological states characterized by trauma that disrupt daily life. In moving fluidly through this variety of media, and activating the viewer’s senses in an immersive environment, I aim to interrogate the ways in which we perceive and make assumptions about reality. I seek to employ comfort as a radical tool to reclaim my body and rebuild my capability for interoception in order to mobilize care towards myself and my audience. In this way I hope to unsettle societal norms surrounding mental illness and reframe acts of insight and self-care as vital actions in everyday life.
Interview with Voyage Chicago
Read a feature about the artist on Voyage Chicago, an online magazine dedicated to highlighting interesting and creative people working in the city of Chicago.
Interview with Ballpit Mag
A short interview with the artist on Ballpit Mag, a site dedicated to giving exposure for emerging artists. Read it here => ballpitmag.com/portfolio/create_dreamspace/
Residency in Japan with Paradise AIR
Above are some articles highlighting the artist's solo show in Matsudo, Japan. The exhibit was sponsored by Paradise AIR and was a culmination of the artist's residency in Japan. May 2016.