ArtBox @ Shirt Corner
“If a home with beautiful brickwork and attractive wrought iron is said to have good bones, then the body and soul of a neighborhood is its people.” – Alice Thompson
Thompson’s installation in the ArtBox @ Shirt Corner is inspired by the architectural facades and windows of Philadelphia's Brewerytown neighborhood, where she has lived for the past two years. Permanent and impermanent aspects of this rapidly gentrifying and evolving neighborhood are layered and juxtaposed. By delicately cutting and layering yellow and white tracing paper, the artist has rendered a window, draped with a shawl that depicts a figure seated in the lotus position. At night, a light illuminates the many layers of paper, and the image of the figure glows. The brick and mortar pattern evolves into a kite, with a row home painted on the sail. This floating house is a visual metaphor for the tenuous emotional and physical connection to home that is experienced by many people.
Alice Thompson will embark on a residency at Tacony LAB Community Arts Center this fall to continue her kite making work with the community. She holds a B.F.A. from Binghamton University (2004) and an M.F.A. from the Pennsylvania Academy of the Fine Arts (2006) with concentrations in drawing and printmaking. Thompson was invited to create a cut paper installation in the front gallery windows of Moore College of Art for Philadelphia Sculptors’ annual "5 into 1" series. She has exhibited her work at The UNO Art Gallery (University of Nebraska at Omaha), Little Berlin, Fleisher Art Memorial, The Philadelphia Sketch Club, The Plastic Club, and Second State Press. Her work has been supported through a residency at the Kimmel Harding Nelson Center for the Arts, and through scholarships from the Penland School of Crafts in North Carolina and the Haystack Mountain School of Crafts in Maine. She was awarded Second State Press’s Fob Fellowship in spring 2016. She is currently a member artist with SSP, The Center for Emerging Visual Artists (CFEVA), and InLiquid.
ArtBox Installation Materials: Computer paper, white tracing paper, yellow tracing paper, frosted mylar, glue, double-sided tape, solar lights (cut paper installation), Tyvek sail, sumi ink painting, grommets, hemp twine, wood dowels, glue (kite)