Abi’s recent series Creature Comforts explores the unique textures, colours and patterns of Australia’s inland landscapes and reflect Abi’s interest in their primordial connection to place and time.
The beauty and fragility of these vulnerable environments and the timelessness of the animals that inhabit them communicate Abi’s concern about the degradation of these habitats. The resulting threat to wildlife underpins this series.
The animals portrayed evoke many aspects of an ancient land which has witnessed a multitude of natural events such as floods, fire, erosion and drought. The reptiles are “looking for a home” and integrating back into affected landscapes. Abi is fascinated by the environment’s ability to recover and regenerate which she sees as testament to its beauty.
Abi Thompson is known for her work with a diverse range of art mediums. As a long term resident of Albury Wodonga, she has exhibited widely throughout Australia, conducting workshops and presenting her work. Abi has won several awards for her wearable art, textiles, painting, and printmaking. Abi’s prolific output ranges from large scale oil and acrylic works to community murals and commissioned weavings.
This exhibition works in partnership with Biosphere in the Artspace Gallery where filmmaker Helen Newman has featured Abi’s works in the projections. This series of works is the foundation from which Biosphere developed.
Image: Fireside Chat, 2021, Charcoal, gouache and watercolour on paper, 78 x 99 cm