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Wouda Thompson

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Visual perception to me as an artist is a very important subject and one that can be explored endlessly. Being able to observe the world through vision is integral to our awareness of ourselves and everything that surrounds us. In my work I like to explore possible differences in perception from person to person and how this affects our knowledge and the way we judge what we see. Through transformation and changing the context of an image my work aims to show my own visual awareness of the world as well as questioning it.

I begin my work with a set of procedures, first the models are made using carpet that is painted in bright colours and folded until it is unrecognisable, then the objects are sewn or glued together and wrapped up with string. Setting up the models is the most important step as this puts the objects in an entirely different context. This is done through the use of lighting, casting strong shadows in sharp diagonal lines and precariously rearranging the models. With the resulting still lives I aim to convey ambiguity in visual perception.
2012 - 2013 Leith School of Art, Life drawing classes, Part-time/evening
2013 - 2014 Leith School of Art, Art & Design Foundation course, Foundation certificate with merit grade
2014 - 2017 The Robert Gordon University, BA (Hons) Painting, Bachelor of Arts with Second Class Honours (Upper Division)

2016 Rapid, AU Gallery, Vienna
2017 Whatever Sticks, KuKu Klubi, Tallinn
2017 The Painters Pre Degree Show, St Margarets House, Edinburgh Palette
2018 Artist in Residence, St Margarets House, Edinburgh Palette
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  • Baggagedrager
  • Oil
Satellite of Love
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  • Satellite of Love
  • Oil
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  • Kermis
  • Oil
Charcoal drawing daffodils
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  • Charcoal drawing daffodils
  • Charcoal
Pastel study spray painted plastic I
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  • Pastel study spray painted plastic I
Pastel study spray painted plastic II
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  • Pastel study spray painted plastic II