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Justin Randolph Thompson

Artist Statement Submitted 2014

My work seeks to deepen the discussions around cultural and racial stratification and hierarchical organization by outlining a complex, hybrid and non-linear connection to history and sociopolitical discourse. The work is rooted in a multi-disciplinary approach that is as faceted in the mediums employed as in the array of art historical, literary and folk tradition references. I am interested in engaging in non traditional venues, questioning the social implications of theatre space and developing work dependent on a collaboration with performers from a range of disciplines, ages and cultural backgrounds. My work encompasses sculptural installation, performance, video and sound. Reflecting upon a socially constructed communal legacy, I examine expectations and shortcomings through the absence of a concrete linear foundation.

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