another world is possible (it’s just a sweet, sweet fantasy, baby)

by Joshua Thomen

Fabric, embroidery thread, quilt batting / Fabrication assistance by Andy Phillips
72 x 29 x 5 inches

About the Artist

Joshua Thomen is an artist based in Los √Āngeles, California working toward their MFA in Art at University of California, Irvine and received their undergraduate at California State University, Long Beach in Sculpture/4D in 2019. Their work reflects on personal memory, Southern California quotidian life, and diasporic histories to critique cultural structures of domination. Using the physicality of plushness and animacy of textiles, they balance between utopian hopefulness and necropolitical melancholy. This kind of vulnerability expresses a desire for comfort following survival-induced fatigue. In these intimate expressions of personhood, they hope to reimagine a world different from that of the present. Their work has been shown at Irvine Fine Arts Center, Irvine, CA; Angels Gate Cultural Center, San Pedro, CA; Human Resources LA, Los Angeles, CA.