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Emily C. Thomas creates art at the intersection of painting, sculpture, performance, film and installation. Her work has been characterized as eco-feminist. Taking cues from animistic philosophies, she engages with issues of body politics and planetary consciousness. Applying techniques from experimental therapies such as self-hypnosis and psychodrama, in her films and performances Thomas assumes transpersonal identities of an enigmatic, feminine persuasion: a Private Eye, Bride of the Ocean, and Abbess of the Galactic Center. In the worlds she constructs, domestic...

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Rachel Bubis: You incorporate imagery of physical landscapes such as rock formations and fields of flowers as a way to portray the different layers and roles of your life. Do you spend a lot of time outdoors? If so, do you ever consciously go out into nature for inspiration for your work? Do you do any sketches? Are there any particular spots in TN you derive inspiration from? Jessie Van der Laan: The imagery I use from nature I usually...

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"I explore the visual language of age in my artwork through everyday objects past and present. Why does an object look 'old' or 'new'? Our intimate relationships with these objects and our willingness to immediately discard items once they become obsolete are dominant themes in much of my work. The specific memories and nostalgia that each object can trigger is an important element in that visual language. I use the actual technological objects both as models and inspiration for sculpture,...

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