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Thom Valentine

I’ve always shied away from being labelled as an artist, since all I’m really doing is taking part in the constant rearranging of stuff. I view my practice as holistic, in a sense that I don’t try to isolate one part of my life as my art. It is a constant relation with the world, people around me, conversations, woodwork, indulging in abstract, philosophical ideas and then getting a bit worried about it all. I employ carpentry as a meditation. Through site-specific assemblage, the furniture and objects that I make become an exploration of and a product of my surroundings. I am trying to figure out what it means for me to be in the world, as a person. My current research is on ‘new materialism’, the study of agency and ontology in the material world, the politics of nature.

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