American Slice 34

THOMAS C. JACKSON
American Slice 34, digital c print, 29.2" x 20", 2013

Thomas Jackson grew up in Rock Island, Illinois and earned his MFA from the University of Notre Dame.  He now lives and works as a full-time artist in Cedar Rapids.  He has been exhibiting his work in solo, group, and juried shows throughout the country for more than forty years.  Tom's work is included in dozens of corporate, museum, and college collections throughout Iowa and Illinois, including the Figge Art Museum in Davenport, the Cedar Rapids Museum of Art, and Mount Mercy University.

I strive to make relevant, memorable American images that make people think.  I focus on finding the extraordinary in ordinary American life.  I am interested in reflecting the mood and feeling of our era. 

These compositions combine two or more images into a single artwork.  I combine images because I want enough information to engage the viewer in looking for connections between images.  I invite the viewer to search their own past, remember emotional experiences, and think about common images in a different way.  I strive for ambiguity to increase the number of viewer interpretations.

When one thinks about what appeals to Americans today in movies, politics, celebrities, food, etc., people seem to want to be attracted to and repelled by images at the same time.  My sometimes voyeuristic, broken-narrative compositions reflect America's channel-changing attention span and state of mind.  -- Thomas Jackson

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