Elena Thomas’ practice considers how people touch each other’s lives, physically and emotionally. She is an avid people-watcher and eavesdropper. These connections can be lifelong, or fleeting: conscious or unconscious. Her materials stand as metaphor for this: sometimes they combine well, sometimes they resist. Drawings are often large scale, sinuous, abstract pieces, worked with ink, watercolour, graphite and collaged text. They show evidence of a lifetime of observational drawings of the natural world, and a propensity for idle imagining.
The sound pieces are collaborations with the visual. The lyrics, (often inspired by the collaged text) provide a narrative, and manipulated recordings of the drawing process influence melody and rhythm. The resulting soundscape impacts future drawings, writings and performance.
Many of Elena’s textile works used domestic textiles and clothing including children clothes, and bras. These were often intricately embroidered. Having not worked in textiles for the last six years, Elena is considering taking up a needle again.
Elena has a Masters Degree in Arts Practice and Education from Birmingham City University’s School of Art. Her experience in education spans from pre-school to post-graduate, specialising in drawing and textiles. Her visual works, sound and performances have been exhibited across the UK, in the USA and Sweden. These connections continue to grow.
She is currently working on ‘Drawing Songs’, her second Arts Council England funded project connecting her song writing and singing to her drawing.
Sound works can be found on Elena’s website: