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  • Thomas Watkiss
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    5 minutes 17 seconds
  • Completion Date:
    November 24, 2019
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    United States
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  • ElektronMusikStudion residency
    Stockholm, Sweden
    June 4, 2019
    EMS Residency
  • Solo exhibition at Black Diamond Gallery
    Brooklyn, New York
    February 11, 2019
    Solo exhibition
Artist Biography

Thomas Watkiss is a multi-disciplinary artist perhaps most known for his soundworks. The recordings are paired with his photography and prints -- giving the listener an intimate visual setting to the roaming ambient soundscapes.

Since 2007, Thomas has released five full-length records starting with the Ancestor 7”. The e.p. was realized while working in Boston after a period of expatriation and described by Doug Mousrock of Dusted Magazine as “clinical performance aligns with a sense of darkness and mystery”. Thomas' 2008 Ancestor - "Phase I: Silence" was met with critical acclaim and described as “Projecting an icy grandeur” by Steve Holtje for Dusty Wright’s Culture Catch and considered “rich in integrity” by Heathen Harvest.

Prior to working with sound, Thomas began his career through painting and participated in group shows at places such as Garfield Artworks (Pittsburgh) and Gallery XIV (Boston). He has recently returned to the medium with his first solo exhibition at Black Diamond Gallery in New York City, titled Ecosystems. 11 new paintings are paired with soundscapes that address bio-diversity and serve as a statement of objection and resilience to the current administration.

He completed residencies at Listhus, Olafsfjordur Iceland (2016), USF Verftet, Bergen Norway (2008) and Konstepidemin, Gothenburg Sweden (2003).

He has performed at spaces including Spectrum (Brooklyn), Magazin4 (Brussels), Fylkingen (Stockholm), Landmark (Bergen), Sound of Mu (Oslo), UT Connewitz (Leipzig), Spazio 210 (Torino), Rhiz (Vienna), Theater Kapellen (Berlin), Svensk Form and Crum Heaven Gallery (Stockholm).

He holds an MA from Konstfack University of Art and Design (Stockholm) and a dual BA from the University of Pittsburgh.

He lives and works in New York City.

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Artist Statement

My work is built from parallels I find in setting between sounds and images. I work primarily with field recordings and spend time in nature observing sonic patterns and the intrinsics of local ecosystems. I rework the sounds along with instruments such as bass guitar to create sound works. I take photos while in the field and integrate the imagery into paintings and albums artwork. Recently, I have started to create non-linear video of obscure and distant locations places, focusing on the meditative potential that nature provides.

For "Passages", I wanted to create a short video of my recent season in Sweden, Norway and my native Pennsylvania in the American North East. I wanted to pair the sound as it was created during my residency this summer at ElektronMusikStudion (EMS) in Stockholm, Sweden. The goal is to share the feeling of curiosity and depth when working with nature.