STATEMENT OF ART MAKING:
Memory is a strange thing. On occasion it keeps us reeling amongst the intensities of the past. Scientists now believe that our memories are re-written every time we recall them. To this end, I am fascinated by the interplay of recollections, the meaning of truth within them, and how they synthesize through the organic craft manifest that is my studio practice and skill set. In a stream of craft that is stylistically subject to the idiosyncratic conditioning of my life, I create sculpture.
Through the creation of memory, I alone possess the capability to construct, reconstruct and deconstruct my world, story and self. My identity, comprised of story, is the root of my being both in temperament and conditioning. With these stories, I create folklore out of a void.
Brett Alex Thomas is a Sculptural Craftsman from West Philadelphia. As an artist who is very interested in the beauty of memory, craft & time. It was on the East Coast that Brett began adventuring on freight trains. Eventually, he was fortunate enough to have witnessed the cultural profundities of South India, South East Asia & South America.
Now, Brett continues to draw from his beginnings and his love of clay. A repeating theme in his studio practice is deconstruction and reconstruction amidst an ongoing search to find magic amongst the objects of the Everyday. Some of Brett’s artistic influences include the exquisite craft forms of Martin Puryear, the esoteric beauty of Leonora Carrington’s paintings and the enigmatic explorations of sinks created by Robert Gober.