Fern Thomas 1983
Fern Thomas is an artist working across performance, sound, spoken word, text, installation and video. She graduated from the MA in Social Sculpture, a course rooted in ecological citizenship, at Oxford Brookes University in 2012 where she was awarded the Interdisciplinary Arts Prize in Social Sculpture and was funded by an AHRC Award.
Thomas’ practice plays with mythmaking, folklore, place-based responses and the need for new rituals. Her work explores archetypal images, pedagogical spaces and inner landscapes, creating works in relationship with nature, its rhythms and imagined futures. Her work explores the principles of Social Sculpture, seeking out connections with citizenship, civic spaces, play and ‘making kin’, imagining them as tools for how we collectively respond to and live in climate breakdown.
Thomas is a Fellow at g39 gallery Cardiff with the Freelands Foundation Artist Programme, London. She is a recipient of a 2019 Jerwood Bursary researching healing and ritual objects at Pitt Rivers Museum and is currently Artist in Residence with Ancient Connections, a project exploring the shared Celtic connections between Pembrokeshire and Wexford.