J. Matthew Thomas (b. 1976) is an artist and architect of Arab dissent living in New Mexico. He utilizes the tools of architecture to explore both social and aesthetic patterns. Thomas’ work has been highlighted in a number of solo shows regionally, with group shows in Germany, New York, and New Mexico. Residencies include the Santa Fe Art Institute, Arteles Creative Center in Finland, The PORT Hackathon at CERN, Switzerland, and Art Farm in Nebraska. Thomas has a MA in Architecture and Urban Design from Columbia University in New York City. Thomas resides in Taos, New Mexico with his husband and 40 chickens.
“I use methods of deconstruction and reconstruction of materials to reveal and conceal natural and manufactured systems and patterns. I am currently interested in the tension created by gender and cultural patterns combined with the negotiation of production (craft), consumption, and power.” – J. Matthew Thomas