Sink or Swim

Michael Thompson

Michael Thompson is an artist living in Chicago and during the pandemic, concentrating on smaller works including collage and memory jugs made with found ceramic bits and pieces collected while walking along beaches, rail tracks, resale shops and river banks. His artistic process has always been a solitary affair and in that respect the social isolation has had little effect on his working but the virus has had a serious effect on sales as his commercial work of making and selling large decorative kites has fallen substantially and he finds himself unable to even visit that studio. "Sink or Swim" is an image that seems to encapsulate his feeling only too well; our hopes of salvation may simply be an illusion.

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