Edward Clydesdale Thomson
My practice addresses contemporary conflicts of time by reshaping the space and conditions of artistic production along durational lines. By creating situations in which it’s possible for the artwork to be shaped through longer time scales and in which the values of care and dedication become structural features, I propose a model for an economy of production which sits squarely opposed to current economies of production. I produce artworks that are also living things, made of trees, waiting 30 years to fully grow; or artworks that are fleeting, like sundials and kites. These are ways of making where time becomes part of the narrative, and becomes problematised as it goes against the grain of our fast-paced economy. These are ways of defying the pressures of a spectacular moment, ways of extending our engagement beyond a moment that is fleeting.
‘The sculptures produced by Thomson following his research in Sweden, collapse the multiple viewpoints with which contemporary society views nature. Lisa Rosendahl’
Edward Clydesdale Thomson (1982) is a Scottish/Danish artist based in Rotterdam, the Netherlands. His practice addresses contemporary conflicts of time by rethinking and reshaping the space and conditions of his artistic production along durational lines. His work is often concerned with the places and objects on the margins - physically, socially or symbolically - of outside and inside, of wild and tamed landscapes, of decoration or function. Be that a patterned fabric, a window blind, a gate, a washing line, a garden, or a sense of identity.