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February 8th - March 8th, 2019

Black Diamond Gallery

332 Hooper St.

Brooklyn, New York 11211



Trauma Bond pt. 2 (The Dream)
Acrylic on wood panel
20" x 20"

For Ecosystems, I created a new body of works for canvas, panel and paper. I work in cycles, and after a lengthy cycle of recordings and performances, I have returned to working on surfaces. I set out to re-create scenes from the places I've lived and worked including the North of Iceland and my native Pennsylvania. I found threads, symbols and objects that connect both places and I have used a wide tonal palette ranging from reflective silvers to passionate violets to achieve the experience. The surfaces were conceptialized, created and finished with a similar aesthetic to how I create my sound pieces; large expansive spaces meet intricate details intended to create a sense of place -- Some foreign, some familiar, each designed to allure the viewer and invoke the imagination.

I used patterns, objects from my perfomances and photography while recording in the field to share my experience. I stretched the first canvas in August of 2018 after a bizarre series of micro-tragedies came into my life as a means of recovery, however it quickly became a sense of purpose and a mission. I worked until I felt the pieces were diverse in form, size and value; reflecting that of an ecosystem. The majority of the works were created this year. Some screenprints are included as points of origin and the result is 12+ works for the viewer to experience. An audio component of new and unreleased material is included to accompany the pieces.

Please visit the gallery website for more information.

Thank you,







all works and sounds c. 2007 - 2019 thomas watkiss (ascap). re-use by permission. site index