Artist StatementI make dioramas with parallactic illusions. Simply put, as you move, their compositions change. Using foamboard, yarn and reflective Mylar, I construct chambered objects and paint their facets with geometric shapes derived from linear perspective. These two-dimensional shapes straddle multiple planes, exposing the slippage between actual space and perspectival illusion. I am interested in this real, but hard to fathom, boundary between the conceptualization of space and our orientation within it.
Thomas Dahlberg was born in Morehead, Kentucky in 1986. He studied visual art and Portuguese at Brown University where he earned the Belsky-Moranis Award for Excellence in the Visual Arts. In 2015 he completed his MFA in painting from the Hoffberger School of Painting at MICA. He received a full fellowship to the Vermont Studio Center and Skowhegan School of Painting and Sculpture. His work has been exhibited at The Hallway Gallery in Boston, as well as at Steven Harvey Fine Arts Projects in New York. Most recently, he was the artist-in-residence at St. Mary's College of Maryland.