Kelly Thompson Lives and works in Montreal, Canada
Born 1961 California, moved to New Zealand 1971. Dual citizen USA/NZ
Kelly Thompson, Associate Professor Studio Arts
Kelly Thompson teaches in the Fibres and Material Practices and MFA Studio Arts programs. She is an active member of the Hexagram Institute, exploring the intersections of age-old and 21st technologies and producing new cloth artwork embedded with narratives of location and identity, travel, language, and translation. Kelly Thompson joined Concordia University in 2008 from Goldsmiths College, London and prior to that taught in New Zealand. She received her BFA from the California College of Arts and Crafts, and MA (Visual Arts) from the Australian National University.
She has exhibited her work internationally in exhibitions, festivals and biennials. Recent projects include Inter-sensorial Threads, Wollongong, Australia, Fanciful: Small Media Moments, Media Gallery Concordia University, In Stitches, Long Beach Island, New Jersey, the World Textile Art biennial – Aire (Xalapa and Mexico City, 2011), Fibreart International (Pittsburg, Rochester, San Francisco, USA 2010-12) and Fibreworks, Cambridge Galleries, Ontario, 2010.
Material codes: inter-sensorial threads is a new research-creation project that questions notions of materiality and the ephemeral, examines technological glitches, undecipherable hieroglyphics and tracking codes from everyday sites and situations, and compares these with the coded language of various forms of textiles.
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