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A nomadic life informs Kelly Thompson’s experience as an artist, academic and researcher. Her interests are in exploring notions of location and identity, travel and material culture read through personal experiences and postcolonial discourses. She explores the role of textiles as signifiers and the intersections of age-old and 21st technologies to produce new cloth experiences, embedded with narrative content.
Kelly Thompson has exhibited her work in at exhibitions, festivals and biennials, in New Zealand, Australia, Hawaii and California, USA, Latvia, South Korea, Cuba, Canada, most recently including the World Textile Art biennial – Aire (Xalapa and Mexico City, 2011), Fibreart International (Pittsburg, Rochester, San Francisco, USA 2010-12) and Fibreworks, Cambridge Galleries, Ontario, 2010. In Montreal she co-organized Storied Sites //Histoires in situ, a community weaving event, in association with Griffintown: Developing Culture 2011 Nuit Blanche (www.sitedstories.com), and is founding member (with Lorraine Oades and Lisa Vinebaum) of the What is Production? Working Group, an interdisciplinary group of artists and scholars that investigates material and discursive conditions for current artistic production, 2011-12, funded by the Centre for Interdisciplinary Studies in Society and Culture (CISSC), Concordia University.
Californian born but New Zealand raised, Kelly Thompson is an Assistant Professor in the Department of Studio Arts, Concordia University, Montréal, Canada. Previously she was Head of the BA Textile program, at Goldsmiths, University of London for four years, and before that at the Otago School of Art, New Zealand. She has a BFA from the California College of Arts and Crafts 1985, and a MA (Visual Arts) 1994, from the Canberra School of Art, Australian National University.