By concentrating on play processes and methods, her work engages with childhood play as a group of activities, objectives and perceptions that evolve to inform the creativity of an adult artist, rather than as processes tied to the past.
In practice, a work often begins with the creation of a ‘kit’ of forms without a predetermined configuration. Free from finality, the kit remains as a loose collection of objects with which to improvise and experiment. From here structures can be seen as provisional, just one proposition among many.
Elly Thomas received her PhD from the Slade School of Fine Art in 2013 for her practice-related thesis (Play as Evolving Process in the Work of Eduardo Paolozzi, Philip Guston and Tony Oursler). She is now developing aspects of her doctoral research for a book to be published by Routledge in 2018. She has had articles published in Sculpture Journal and The British Art Journal. She has presented her work at the ICA and the Hayward Gallery Project Space. Exhibitions include solo shows at ASC Gallery and Vitrine Gallery and group shows at Floating Island Gallery, WW Gallery, Studio 1.1 and Galleries Goldstein. This year she was shortlisted for The Mark Tanner Sculpture Award.
You can see more of her work at: www.ellythomas.com
You can view this exhibition here online, on Facebook or in person on the corner of Vestry Road and Peckham Road, Camberwell, London SE5.