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Chiffon Thomas, 2021
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Chiffon Thomas’ (b. 1991) multifaceted practice incorporates embroidery, collage, drawing, and sculpture to explore the self as split, fractured, and transforming. Identifying as a non-binary queer person of color, Thomas contends with the crafted body in his work, examining wider issues of gender, race and sexuality. Embracing the liminal space between figuration and abstraction, Thomas’ “impossible bodies” forcefully eschew easy classification in order to serve as vessels for personal memories and collective narratives. Reminiscent of the diverse, mixed media practices exhibited by David Hammons, Robert Rauschenberg, Louise Nevelson, and Faith Ringgold, Thomas’ own application of materiality is a unique language for translating both shared and personal experiences. Thomas holds an MFA from Yale University and a BFA from The School of The Art Institute of Chicago. He has completed prominent residencies with the Skowhegan School of Painting and Sculpture, Skowhegan, ME and the Fountainhead Residency, Miami, FL. His work is in the permanent collections of the Hammer Museum, Los Angeles, CA; Institute of Contemporary Art, Miami, FL; Pérez Art Museum, Miami, FL; and the Currier Museum of Art, Manchester, NH; among others. Thomas' first solo show with P·P·O·W will open in September 2022. His first solo exhibition at The Aldrich Contemporary Art Museum will open in fall 2023.

CHIFFON THOMAS

b. 1991, Chicago, IL
Lives and works in Los Angeles, CA

EDUCATION

2020    
M.F.A. Painting, Yale University, New Haven, CT

2018    
Skowhegan School of Painting and Sculpture, Skowhegan, ME

2014    
B.F.A. Art Education, The School of The Art Institute of Chicago, Chicago, IL

SOLO EXHIBITIONS

2022
Chiffon Thomas, The Aldrich Contemporary Art Museum, Ridgefield, CT (forthcoming)
Staircase to the Rose Window, P·P·O·W, New York, NY

2021    
Antithesis, Kohn Gallery, Los Angeles, CA

2019    
Fractured Reality, Goldfinch, Chicago, IL

2018    
Soft Show, Roman Susan, Chicago, IL

2015    
Roots & Culture, “Yr It,” Gallery Frayed Solo, Chicago, IL
Stitched Perception, Intelligentsia Coffee, IL

SELECT GROUP EXHIBITIONS

2022
Fire Figure Fantasy: Selections from ICA Miami's Collection, ICA Miami, Miami, FL

2021    
RECOVERY, P·P·O·W, New York, NY
Surface is Only a Material Vehicle for Spirit, curated by Kennedy Yanko, Kavi Gupta, Chicago, IL
Bitter Nest, Galerie Perrotin, Tokyo, Japan
In Practice: You may go, but this will bring you back, SculptureCenter, Long Island City, NY

2020    
A Chance Encounter, curated by Tunji Adeniyi-Jones, Parts & Labor, Beacon, NY
myselves, curated by Joshua Friedman, Kohn Gallery, Los Angeles, CA
I Want to Feel Alive Again, Lyles & King, New York, NY

2019    
Shag: Provocative Textiles, curated by Laura Hutson Hunter, Nashville Scene, Nashville, TN
MFA Thesis Show, Yale University, New Haven, CT
Young, Gifted, and Black: Limpkin-Boccuzzi Family Collection of Contemporary Art, Lehman College Art Gallery, Bronx, NY
Hand & I, Dorsky Gallery, Long Island City, NY
The Poetics of Relation, Gaylord and Dorothy Donnelley Foundation, Chicago, IL

2016    
Big Painting: Organized by Jonathan Travis, Patrick Parrish Gallery, New York, NY

2015    
Paraíso Perdido, Thierry Goldberg, New York, NY

2014    
Visual Culture Exhibition “Art Wanted,” Throop Studios, Chicago, IL
Museum of Science and Industry Black Creativity Juried Exhibition, Chicago, IL
Fresh JuJu, Gene Siske, Chicago, IL
MLK Mural Competition International Hostel, Chicago, IL

2013    
BFA Exhibition, Sullivan Galleries, Chicago, IL
Museum of Science and Industry Black Creativity Juried Exhibition, Chicago, IL
South Side Community Art Center New Visions Art Exhibition, Chicago, IL
Museum of Science and Industry Black Creativity Juried Exhibition, Chicago, IL
MLK Mural Competition International Hostel, Chicago, IL

2012    
SAIC Accreditation Show, Chicago, IL
ExFest Film Screening Stop Motion Animation “Don,” Chicago, IL

2011    
SUGS Projects Exhibition, Chicago, IL
MLK Mural Competition International Hostel, Chicago, IL
Museum of Science and Industry Black Creativity Juried Exhibition, Chicago, IL

RESIDENCIES

2020    
Fountainhead Residency, Miami, FL

2019    
Yale Critical Practice Fellowship Travel Grant, Palazzo Monti, Italy

2018    
Skowhegan School of Painting and Sculpture, Skowhegan, ME

2017    
ACRE, Steuben, WI

LECTURES, PRESENTATIONS, AND WORKSHOPS

2020    
Lewis & Clark College, Portland, OR

2018    
Hull House Creative Space, Chicago, IL

2017    
Fiber Materials, Visiting Artist Talk, King College Prep
Civil Rights Legacy Workshop, University of Chicago Lab School, Chicago, IL

2015    
Art Incubator Intersectionality Critique Exchanges, Chicago, IL
Chicago Student Art Education, Intramurals, Chicago, IL

SELECT COLLECTIONS

Hammer Museum, Los Angeles, CA
Institute of Contemporary Art, Miami, Miami, FL
Beth Rudin DeWoody Collection, Palm Beach, FL
Currier Museum of Art, Manchester, NH
Daniel Berger Founder of Iceberg Projects Collection, Chicago, IL
Diaspora Rhythms Collective, Marvin Wells and Patricia Wells, Chicago, IL
Pérez Art Museum, Miami, FL

AWARDS

2015    
Best in Mixed Media, Best of Ceramic, Museum of Science and Industry Black Creativity Juried Exhibition, Chicago, IL

2013    
Best Animated Short Film, ExFest Film Screening Stop Motion Animation “Don,” Chicago, IL

2011    
1st Place in Youth Category, Museum of Science and Industry Black Creativity Juried Exhibition, Chicago, IL

BIBLIOGRAPHY

2020    
Baker, M. “Three Art Exhibitions to See this November in Nashville,” Tennessean, Oct. 29.
Vakil, I. “Kohn Gallery’s Group Exhibition ‘myselves’ Explores the Construction of Identity,” Harper’s Bazaar Art, Oct. 10.
Morpugo, D. “Chiffon Thomas in Conversation with Daniela Morpugo,” ODDA, Oct. 8.
Walters, S. “myselves at Kohn Gallery, LA,” Art of Choice, Sep. 26.
Bang, M. “27 Emerging Artists Reflect on the Impacts of Isolation on Selfhood and Community,” L’Officiel Art, Sep. 14.
Lee, Y. “Inside ‘Young, Gifted, and Black’: A Project Celebrating the Great Black Artists of Our Time,” Vogue UK, Aug. 28.

2019    
Sargent, A. “Young, Gifted, and Black: A New Generation of Artists,” D.A.P., September.
Reichert, E. “Breakout Artists 2019: Chicago’s Next Generation of Image Makers,” New City Art, April 24.
DeLand, L. “Chanel Chiffon Thomas,” Art in America, April 1.
Gipson, A. “Chanel Chiffon Thomas: Fractured Reality // Goldfinch Projects,” The Seen Journal, Feb. 23. 

Selected Works

Selected Works Thumbnails
Chiffon Thomas
Betrothal I, 2021
fabric, embroidery floss, acrylic ink, plaster, fiber glass, resin, wood, styrofoam, metal material lift, led lights
62 x 52 1/2 x 49 ins.
157.5 x 133.3 x 124.5 cm

Chiffon Thomas
Betrothal I, 2021
fabric, embroidery floss, acrylic ink, plaster, fiber glass, resin, wood, styrofoam, metal material lift, led lights
62 x 52 1/2 x 49 ins.
157.5 x 133.3 x 124.5 cm

Chiffon Thomas
Grounded, 2021
concrete, silicone, leather, embroidery floss, rebar wire, pastel, plaster, wood
21 x 49 1/4 x 27 1/2 ins.
53.3 x 125.1 x 69.8 cm

Chiffon Thomas
Grounded, 2021
concrete, silicone, leather, embroidery floss, rebar wire, pastel, plaster, wood
21 x 49 1/4 x 27 1/2 ins.
53.3 x 125.1 x 69.8 cm

Chiffon Thomas
Two Halves of The Same Woman, 2020
plaster, leather, thread, paint, wood, charcoal
67 x 16 x 16 ins.
170.2 x 40.6 x 40.6 cm

Chiffon Thomas
Two Halves of The Same Woman, 2020
plaster, leather, thread, paint, wood, charcoal
67 x 16 x 16 ins.
170.2 x 40.6 x 40.6 cm

Chiffon Thomas
Animis/Animus, 2020
plaster, fabric, leather, paint, found parts of wooden column, charcoal, embroidery floss, chalk pastel
27 x 16 x 13 1/2 ins.
68.6 x 40.6 x 34.3 cm

Chiffon Thomas
Animis/Animus, 2020
plaster, fabric, leather, paint, found parts of wooden column, charcoal, embroidery floss, chalk pastel
27 x 16 x 13 1/2 ins.
68.6 x 40.6 x 34.3 cm

Chiffon Thomas
Case, 2020
embroidery floss, thread, found tree bark, acrylic ink, chalk pastel, rebar wire
35 x 23 1/2 x 1 1/2 ins.
88.9 x 59.7 x 3.8 cm

Chiffon Thomas
Case, 2020
embroidery floss, thread, found tree bark, acrylic ink, chalk pastel, rebar wire
35 x 23 1/2 x 1 1/2 ins.
88.9 x 59.7 x 3.8 cm

Chiffon Thomas
Betrothal of Aadan, 2019
fabric, plaster, wood, leather, pastel, embroidery floss, thread, foam, metal, charcoal and rust dust
60 x 22 x 10 ins.
152.4 x 55.9 x 25.4 cm

Chiffon Thomas
Betrothal of Aadan, 2019
fabric, plaster, wood, leather, pastel, embroidery floss, thread, foam, metal, charcoal and rust dust
60 x 22 x 10 ins.
152.4 x 55.9 x 25.4 cm

Chiffon Thomas
Betrothal I, 2021
fabric, embroidery floss, acrylic ink, plaster, fiber glass, resin, wood, styrofoam, metal material lift, led lights
62 x 52 1/2 x 49 ins.
157.5 x 133.3 x 124.5 cm

Chiffon Thomas
Betrothal I, 2021
fabric, embroidery floss, acrylic ink, plaster, fiber glass, resin, wood, styrofoam, metal material lift, led lights
62 x 52 1/2 x 49 ins.
157.5 x 133.3 x 124.5 cm

Chiffon Thomas
Grounded, 2021
concrete, silicone, leather, embroidery floss, rebar wire, pastel, plaster, wood
21 x 49 1/4 x 27 1/2 ins.
53.3 x 125.1 x 69.8 cm

Chiffon Thomas
Grounded, 2021
concrete, silicone, leather, embroidery floss, rebar wire, pastel, plaster, wood
21 x 49 1/4 x 27 1/2 ins.
53.3 x 125.1 x 69.8 cm

Chiffon Thomas
Two Halves of The Same Woman, 2020
plaster, leather, thread, paint, wood, charcoal
67 x 16 x 16 ins.
170.2 x 40.6 x 40.6 cm

Chiffon Thomas
Two Halves of The Same Woman, 2020
plaster, leather, thread, paint, wood, charcoal
67 x 16 x 16 ins.
170.2 x 40.6 x 40.6 cm

Chiffon Thomas
Animis/Animus, 2020
plaster, fabric, leather, paint, found parts of wooden column, charcoal, embroidery floss, chalk pastel
27 x 16 x 13 1/2 ins.
68.6 x 40.6 x 34.3 cm

Chiffon Thomas
Animis/Animus, 2020
plaster, fabric, leather, paint, found parts of wooden column, charcoal, embroidery floss, chalk pastel
27 x 16 x 13 1/2 ins.
68.6 x 40.6 x 34.3 cm

Chiffon Thomas
Case, 2020
embroidery floss, thread, found tree bark, acrylic ink, chalk pastel, rebar wire
35 x 23 1/2 x 1 1/2 ins.
88.9 x 59.7 x 3.8 cm

Chiffon Thomas
Case, 2020
embroidery floss, thread, found tree bark, acrylic ink, chalk pastel, rebar wire
35 x 23 1/2 x 1 1/2 ins.
88.9 x 59.7 x 3.8 cm

Chiffon Thomas
Betrothal of Aadan, 2019
fabric, plaster, wood, leather, pastel, embroidery floss, thread, foam, metal, charcoal and rust dust
60 x 22 x 10 ins.
152.4 x 55.9 x 25.4 cm

Chiffon Thomas
Betrothal of Aadan, 2019
fabric, plaster, wood, leather, pastel, embroidery floss, thread, foam, metal, charcoal and rust dust
60 x 22 x 10 ins.
152.4 x 55.9 x 25.4 cm

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