artist statement

     Britt Thomas is a multidisciplinary lens-based artist residing in Houston, Texas. She engages in a concept-driven studio practice that frequently utilizes photography and video due to their ability to simultaneously reflect and manipulate reality. Thomas’s aim in making art is to address shared social issues in ways that are delicately complex. Her desire is to draw people into the uncomfortable gray areas present in every subject and situation and hold that tension. This tension is often forced through Thomas’s awkward, sometimes dark, sense of humor and her interest in blurring the familiar and unfamiliar to create uncanny experiences. Beyond lens-based media, Thomas utilizes consumer materials within sculpture and installation to harness the symbolism and emotional attachment people bestow on objects. She has also worked in performance and sound, collaborating with musicians and composers to create her multidisciplinary artwork and installations.

Thomas earned her BFA in studio art and minor in dance from Lamar University. She continued her education at University of Houston, earning her MFA in photography and digital media where she is currently an instructor. Thomas is co-founder of The Lens Capsule, a mobile exhibition space for emerging lens-based artists operating out of the back of a rental truck. She is also a 2018 recipient of Houston Arts Alliance’s SAIC artist grant and has art permanently on view at the George R. Brown Convention Center through Houston’s public art collection. Her art has been exhibited in group shows nationally and internationally, recently at Aggregate Space Gallery in Oakland, CA and Torpedo Factory Art Center in Alexandria, VA.