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Erin Thomson

Artist Biography

Erin Thomson’s niche is the incomprehensible. She is curious but never truly understands. With an interest in historical and scientific research, some of the current areas she is interested in are ancient writing systems, ridiculous superstitions, bizarre characters from obscure media, and wars over scientific discoveries – though she will never quite grasp what any of this means or answer any of the questions that they hold. From this lack of understanding, Erin develops her work. She builds new dimensions with no intention of meaning in paintings and encodes words into drawings to further complicate the ability to decipher. Using this lack of understanding, she can create work that reflects both complexity and simplicity. Although her work ultimately reflects how she perceives the incomprehensible, she does not wish to limit the experience to her own. Aiming to open up space for conversation so that the worlds she creates or the ciphers she encodes can be a place for people to discuss their experiences, memories and opinions of the world and of the mind. By nature we are curious, Erin want’s to push that curiosity further challenging what we know and what we know we do not know.

Erin Thomson is a Dundee-born painter based in Edinburgh with a practice informed by historical and scientific research. Using her findings she creates ciphers to encode her research into drawings and paintings. She studied Painting at Gray’s School of Art in Aberdeen, graduating in 2021. Through her degree show she was awarded the VAS Graduate Showcase Award, the SSA New Graduate Award and was selected for the RSA New Contemporaries taking place in 2023. Erin is also the recipient of the RSA John Kinross Scholarship which she will be participating in during the first half of 2022.

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