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Austin Thomas

Winter Workspace | January 2 - February 12, 2018

Pictured Above: Austin Thomas in her Winter Workspace studio. Courtesy of Wave Hill. 

Austin Thomas is a cultural producer and artist who is interested in making connections between current art-making practices and art historical ideas. Thomas views the world around her as a creative space and utilizes her sketchbook as a portable studio that she fills with drawings and collages.

During the Winter Workspace,  Thomas continued the process of using her sketchbooks as a studio. She utilized her travel time to draw en route to Wave Hill to develop a body of work that begins on the subway and expands to the garden. Thomas transformed these sketches into larger work - colleges and paintings - as well as small-scale installations or three-dimensional models that were inspired by her commute drawings. Thomas also looked at plants and incorporated what she observed at Wave Hill into her work, linking abstractions to the real world. The work is a meditation on the dichotomies of small and large, nature and city, shadow and colorful forms, abstraction, and real life.

In addition to her art practice, Thomas ran a community-oriented, artist-centered space called Pocket Utopia and now runs an art salon that focuses on political action and community building out of her apartment, called “Apartment 38.” Thomas has also exhibited work here at Wave Hill’s Glyndor Gallery exhibition Garden Improvement in 2006.


Square and Hexagonal Features on Both Sides, 2017, watercolor, pen and pencil on sketchbook 7.7 x 10.8 inches. Courtesy of the artist.

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The Arts at Wave Hill are supported by the Lily Auchincloss Foundation, Inc.; Michael J. Shannon; Milton and Sally Avery Arts Foundation; the National Endowment for the Arts; New York City Department of Cultural Affairs; New York Community Trust Edward and Sally Van Lier Fund; New York State Council on the Arts with the support of Governor Andrew M. Cuomo and the New York State Legislature; The Pollock-Krasner Foundation; The Shelley & Donald Rubin Foundation; and by the Cathy and Stephen Weinroth Commissioning Fund for the Arts.