The various mediums I work in have at their core a search for an aesthetics of loss, an aesthetics of the disappearance of memory and shifting landscapes within histories. My practice, which includes sculpture, installation, drawing and photography, finds a home in scouring archives for source materials: It's rooted in research, and memory and material investigation. Usually working in series, the It is Never Tomorrow photography series wanders through dreamlike landscapes. Other work, such as the 5-part Shackleton installation series, in progress, based off of Sir Ernest Shackleton's South memoir, ponder famous historical narratives. I liken my work to the recitation of a soliloquy, an inner lamenting call and response that is spoken aloud.
B. 1979 Pittsburgh, PA
BAFA: Alfred University's New York State School of Ceramics
MFA in Fine Arts: University of Michigan's School of Art & Design
Thea Augustina Eck has had solo shows at galleries such as the 1708 Gallery (Richmond, VA), the UICA (Grand Rapids, MI), Cazenovia College (Cazenovia, NY), the Pittsburgh Center for the Arts (Pittsburgh, PA) and the Arktisk Institut (Copenhagen, DK). Her work was shown in the Pittsburgh Biennial 2011. Eck was a research fellow at the Arktisk Institut in Copenhagen Denmark through the American-Scandinavian Foundation and Lois Roth Endowment from 2008-2009. She also received an individual artist grant from the American Embassy in Denmark. Her studio in located in Ann Arbor, MI.
Thea also works in digital fabrication. Her design work can be seen at Hosta Designs.