Are You Searching More Than Finding?

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Glass, Synthetic Rubber


8" x 10" x 3"


My work strives to answer questions about how to provide comfort for historically marginalized, underserved communities. I am committed to creating objects and spaces that communicate care, facilitate healing, and encourage solidarity for communities who carry generational or diasporic trauma. The fragility of the glass rests on the strength of the ball and the safety of the artwork is dependent on surrounding conditions. This piece was influenced by the hardships BIPOC and LGBTQIA+ individuals faced after the election in 2016 in the United States. It references doomscrolling through an infinite newsfeed in hopes of finding good news. This can result in the deterioration of one’s mental health–held within an ongoing cycle of searching, but never truly finding. It expresses a desire for balance within unstable and unpredictable conditions. A desire to feel safe, and secure within a space.

About this Artist

Nicole Thomas

Nicole Thomas

Nicole Thomas (she/they) is an interdisciplinary artist, writer, and teaching artist practicing in Minneapolis, MN. Their work centers Southeast Asian diaspora in the United States; mixed race and LGBTQIA+ narratives; and mental health effects of generational trauma. Artwork coming from her studio balances the act of play and memory processing. She strives to answer questions about how to provide comfort and grounding spaces for marginalized, underserved communities through various sensory experiences. They hold a Bachelor of Fine Arts from the Minneapolis College of Art and Design (MCAD). During their thesis year at MCAD they were the Assistant Director at City Wide Artists, where she curated and produced exhibitions featuring artists who referenced contemporary sociopolitical issues. Her critical writing and reviews have been published by INREVIEW and MPLSART. More recently, she received the Creative Support for Individuals grant from the Minnesota State Arts Board and the Arts Impact for Individuals from…
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