Act I: Play as Production
Curated by Lucy Stranger
Soft Show by Chanel Thomas features large-scale, hand embroidered, mixed media paintings and sculptures reflecting areas of cultural upbringing. The exhibition is composed of primarily soft fiber works that portray elements of Thomas’ interior life, family, utilitarian objects, and elements of popular culture that colored the artist’s life during the 1990s and early 2000s. Soft Show speaks on feelings of nostalgia for a period in the artist’s life where dream and vulnerability exceeded social norms. The exhibition honors cultural upbringing and values, derived out of a longing to reconnect and reestablish family ties, as well as acknowledge the origins of identity.