Everything will be fine. All planes crash, all at once. Oxygen falls from the ceiling. That’s not the right kind of mask, that’s a carnival mask…
Mud and cloth getting it together Mud, and cloth, and string There must be new unions Rubbing against itself until it gets a face
An installation of objects and video in which cloth and string, song and dance, costumes and goo collaborate to find new ways of moving in bleak time.
Two billion years from now, the oceans are beyond understanding, yet undersea karaoke may still be possible. The ghost of an oyster holds memories of what happened. It sings to a scrap of cloth that fell to the bottom of the sea, trying to get a face.
“Thomas’s critical skill lies in how her fables – fashioned, stream-of-consciousness-style, out of the detritus of pop-cultural neologism- tie everyday experience, through their use of the bizarre, to far bigger political and philosophical questions.”
- JJ Charlesworth, Art Review Magazine 2018.
Recent Solo shows include:
ANIMAL CONDENSED>ANIMAL EXPANDED #1&2, Tintype, London, 2018
ANIMAL CONDENSED>ANIMAL EXPANDED #1, Poppositions, Brussels, 2018
UNSPEAKABLE FREEDOM, TASTES LIKE CHICKEN, Block 336, London, 2016
THE UNSPEAKABLE FREEDOM DEVICE, Grundy Gallery, Blackpool, 2015
SCHOOL OF CHANGE and All Suffering SOON TO END! both at Matt’s Gallery, London 2012 and 2010.
IT ONCE HAD A FACE, NOW IT WANTS ONE AGAIN is a new part in the series of works ANIMAL CONDENSED>ANIMAL EXPANDED
Jennet Thomas’s work first showed as film and live performance, emerging from the anarchistic, experimental culture of London’s film/live art scene in the 1990’s. It now is often as shown as large-scale sculptural installations that physically surround her films, sometimes with continuous live performance inside these installations. She also makes objects and writing.
Work presented courtesy of Tintype, London.
Jennet Thomas is Reader in Time Based Media and Performance at University of the Arts, London.