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1891 Photographer Vector Drawing

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Oppala/Slöinge from the IKEA series (2001)

Oppala (detail), © 2001 J. Thomson All rights reserved

This is a two-sided encaustic and collage painting from my IKEA series. It rests on a custom crown-moulding shelf I built for it, so that you can turn it over to display the other side at will. Shown here with a few of the digital sketches I made in preparation for the painting. Available in the gift shop here.

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Bjorkas, from the IKEA series (2001/2002)

Bjorkas 3 (original illustration from IKEA's assembly instructions) .

Björkås is no longer offered by IKEA, but it was a small table you could mount to the wall and it would fold away when it wasn’t in use. It never made it into a painting, but the sketches are still pretty cool. BTW, I never bought a Björkås table… people would save their instruction sheets and give them to me hoping it would be turned into a painting. Available in the gift shop

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Tree Collage (1999)

Tree collage, © 1999 J. Thomson All rights reserved

Another collage of trees with several of the Wings of Desire chrysallis sculptures attached to them. My professor hated the idea so I never made them, but he loved this collage. Available in the gift shop here.

Slice (1999)

Slice, © 1999 J. Thomson All rights reserved

Having just returned to the United States after a year’s absence, and then re-uniting with my partner and relocating to Philadelphia, I was in a mood to settle down. I started exploring issues of domestic life, and this is the first indication of something I would explore for years. This drawing of a slice of bread represents home and comfort, as well as the banality of everyday life.

I went on to make cast glass sculptures of bread slices from molds I carefully made, (unfortunately, I only have slides of these, and no way to scan them). But this process was too time consuming for my busy schedule. Not only did I have to spend hours and hours making the original sculpture out of clay or wax and creating the mold from that, but I also had to anneal the glass slowly in a kiln over a period of days or weeks. Finally, I would have to spend hours cold working the glass to grind and polish away any imperfections.

So I invented a new more immediate technique. I made a mold of an oversized slice of bread out of a thick piece of wood, which I kept soaking in water. Then I could pour hot molten glass into it, and have them out of the annealing oven in two days. I made hundreds of slices of bread this way, and showed them in various configurations in the gallery for exhibits and critiques. I even sold a few at a gallery in Chelsea in New York City. I still have many of these slices packed away, and they can be purchased relatively cheaply too. Just drop me a line if you’re interested.

I also explored using bread in other ways, including as a sculptural medium itself.

 

Saint Lucy (1999)

St. Lucy, © 1999 J. Thomson All rights reserved.

Another drawing of Saint Lucy, this time a flying mermaid also makes an appearance. I’m not sure why now. Available in the gift shop here.

Saint Lucy (1999)

Saint Lucy, © 1999 J. Thomson All rights reserved.

Saint Lucy, from my 1999 Sketchbook. Available in the gift shop here.

Saint Lucy is a Christian saint (whose name comes from the Latin Lux, for light; she is the patron saint of blind people) who spurned her suitors and consecrated her virginity to God. In one version of the story, her would-be husband tortured her and took her eyes out with a fork; in another version her suitor admired her eyes, so she pulled them out and told him to leave her to God. She is usually depicted holding a pair of eyes on a platter.