Rachel Elise Thomas (b. 1988) is a Detroit-born, lens-adjacent multidisciplinary artist and designer.
Being a collage artist and documentary photographer has given Rachel the versatility to tell stories in different ways.
“My work details the intimate and introspective moments in my life over the past two years.”
She gathers inspiration from her environment, home, family and artifacts, Black Americana advertising, old photographs, decorative paper, textiles, and printed words, assembling imagery and materials that invite the viewer to examine the messages being presented deeply.
“The approach to my work is both spontaneous and thought out.”
“I may plan on using/incorporating certain things, but the outcome is unpredictable.”
These messages usually revolve around identity, ancestry, and spirituality—with some topics having tongue-in-cheek nuances. This is done to further understand and delve into issues that affect our society—such as overconsumption, vanity, materialism, colorism, sexism, and racism.
“In September, I will start grad school at the Cranbrook Academy of Art, where I’ll pursue my MFA in Photography. “
- For more information on Rachel Elise Thomas and her work, visit her Website and Instagram!
- Also, visit our Sharing Space Page to learn more about the Sharing Space exhibition and its artists!