Exhibition in conjunction with FotoFest 2018 Biennial
Opening Reception: 6 – 9 PM Friday, March 23, 2018
Exhibition Dates: March 23, 2018 – May 5, 2018
Artist Talk 6:30 PM I Main Gallery
Art League Houston is excited to present Just Relax, an exhibition by Houston based photographer Britt Thomas, in conjunction with Fotofest 2018 Biennial. The exhibition features a selection of audio, video, and photographic components that explores issues related to infertility. The phrase “Just Relax” refers to the most common advice given to people struggling with conceiving by well-meaning friends and family who frequently have no idea of the realities surrounding infertility and pregnancy loss. The reality is that 10-15% of the population suffers from infertility, and approximately 25% of all pregnancies end in miscarriage or stillbirth. Despite these high numbers, infertility is still a highly taboo topic to be freely discussed in public. The lack of discourse on infertility and pregnancy loss has sustained an atmosphere of isolation and embarrassment for people experiencing these obstacles.
“Considering that this exhibition is my first endeavor into presenting a predominantly private struggle,” says the artist. “I opted to start by applying my personal experience with infertility and pregnancy loss. Since 2014, my husband and I have been working on building our family. We chose in-vitro fertilization (IVF) as our method to create a family based on our wants and circumstances. Because of my intimate knowledge of this method, much of the artworks in this exhibition reflect that choice. Obviously, this is not the only option for individuals wanting to start a family, and I hope that this exhibition leads to more opportunities to work with people who are fighting to overcome infertility and build their families in other ways. In other words, this is not the culmination of this project, but the start of an extensive body of work exploring the many facets to infertility and pregnancy loss.”
ABOUT THE ARTIST
Britt Thomas is an interdisciplinary artist currently living and working in Houston, TX. Extracting the strange from the familiar is Thomas’s aim in art making. She uses lens-based media and mass-produced materials to uncover inherent peculiarities in ordinary materials, visuals, and experiences. At the center of her art exploration is the human experience. Thomas’s introspective nature gives rise to over analysis of how people relate to each other, society, and their environment. Thomas was born and raised in Southeast Texas, receiving her M.F.A. in Photography and Digital Media from the University of Houston in 2011.