Thomas Adam   'My drawings and research, taken by a gust of wind, and are now unfortunately caught in this copse of young trees in a Govan Wasteland’.
Digital vinyl on aluminium.
Commission for Ltd Ink Corporation - Safari of Sorts 2021

In the work 'My drawings and research, taken by a gust of wind, and are now unfortunately caught in this copse of young trees in a Govan Wasteland’ I attempt to highlight the absurdity of our society's idea of normality, where community and environment are secondary considerations - an afterthought to our attempt to navigate the challenges of contemporary living. A fictional character is presented who has secretly cast A4 and A3 sheets of printing paper (created on Microsoft paint during office lunch breaks) into the wind, only to be caught and exhibited for the wasteland frequenters and weed growers. This is a person who finds him/herself immersed in the obligatory routines of modern life, but who also understands, deep down, that these set patterns are far from natural. With this knowledge finding solace in immersing themselves in dreamlike memories and a reality where the supernatural and conspiracy theory seems more plausible. Facts like, 6 million people take flights in a day permeates his/her thoughts, and what the implications of this will be, all the while unashamedly thinking about how much they love and miss air travel.

Thomas Adam (b 1987, Stirling, Scotland) studied an MA at the Royal College of Art, London 2018, and BA at Edinburgh College of Art in 2011. He was shortlisted for the Catlin Prize in 2011, and recently longlisted for the 2018 Elephant/Griffin award. Recent exhibitions include 'Inexhaustible Well’ at Ltd Ink Corporation in 2020 and his solo exhibition 'Lightning Without Thunder’ at Arusha Gallery, both in Edinburgh.

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