Elly Thomas is a sculptor and writer based in London. Her work explores how play processes can inform an artist’s studio methods.
In practice, her sculpture begins with the creation of a ‘kit’ of forms without a predetermined configuration. Made from a diverse range of materials including papier-mâché, latex, fabric, plaster, acrylic and found objects, the kit remains as a loose collection of forms with which to improvise and experiment. From here structures can be seen as provisional, just one proposition among many.
In addition to her sculptural practice, she writes. Including a publication for Routledge titled ‘Play and the Artist’s Creative Process: The Work of Eduardo Paolozzi and Philip Guston.’ and articles in Sculpture Journal and The British Art Journal. She has presented her work at the ICA and the Hayward Gallery Project Space. Exhibitions include solo shows at ASC Gallery and VITRINE and group shows at Floating Island Gallery, WW Gallery, Studio 1.1 and Galleries Goldstein. In 2016, she was shortlisted for The Mark Tanner Sculpture Award.