me / we / us / them
by Adam D. Thomas
Tue, Sep 3, 6:30pm
Mon, Sep 16, 6:30pm
The majority of my work is generated by the fascination I have exploring forms, and language around the notion of families. Adopted as a child, I grew up hearing the legendary stories of ancestors who had gone before, and their tales of adventure and perseverance. I revered these stories as any child would.
The language of familial relationships has deep metaphorical and conceptual weight that provides imagery and symbolism. Materials and forms also bear a burden of historical understanding, and create metaphors about family, genealogy, ancestry and origin. These ideas have a broad range from macro to micro: individuality and interaction within a group dynamic. Notions and concepts flow through the collective unconscious about what families are and mean, this generates ideas that can take on a diverse set of forms.
Relationships between form and material with the strength of metaphor and symbolism in this realm continue to create ample room for me to explore artistically.
Adam D. Thomas was born in Hollywood, California in 1967 and currently resides in Highland, Utah. He works in a variety of sculptural forms with an emphasis in woodworking. Additionally, a variety of materials find their way in to his work including: coal, butter, glass funnels, dead trees, motion sensors and found objects.
Experienced in architectural and sculptural casting, and monumental commercial work in the 1990s, he became accustomed to the mold making and casting processes.
As an adopted child, key themes around the idea of family, individuality and notions of connectedness are regularly explored and addressed in his work.
Mr. Thomas completed his M.F.A at The University of Texas at Austin in 2003.
He is married to Dr. Robin Garn Thomas. They are the parents of six children.
Location: Main Library, Gallery at Library Square
Contact Information: (801) 524-8200