Andrée Singer Thompson is a longtime Bay Area artist and
teacher who has exhibited internationally and
In a recent exhibition at Scripps College in Claremont California, at the request of curator Nancy Selvin, she revived "Skins", a series of wet clay performances begun in the 1970s about transformations. "Modulations" is part of that series.
For the past four summers, she has worked with Camp OH-NEH-TAH children, ages 8-12, teaching and developing a literacy, eco-art and ceramic program she created at this self -esteem camp for inner city girls.
Her 50 foot Golden Trout, Guillermo, made of recycled metal, adorns the Richmond Civic Center auditorium wall above the Richmond Art Center, part of a large installation about drinkable water and endangered species. This state fish, endangered in 1986, remains on view, a symbol of healthy survival due to human intervention and creative attention. Local children and invited artists contributed artworks as part of the installation.
Collaborations with artist Susan Leibovitz Steinman include public projects about disappearing birds: For the Birds, Birds' Own Depot, Domestic Nature, Spatial Politics; recycling issues: Back to the Garden; the Oakland Artship Celebration; and a bench renovation in Peralta Children's Park working with Oakland elementary school children making tiles to cover the bench.
Ms. Steinman commissioned her to paint banners of California native plants and animals as part of a permanent installation, California Native, in Palo Alto, California. She also paints endangered creatures on cars. A yellow Volvo covered with endangered California salamanders was among the Art Cars at the How Berkeley Can You Be parade.
Past works also include installations about violence, Olive Tree Requiem, and a tribute to the sardine industry, Cannery Row Catch, both with Valerie Otani and Elizabeth Stanek, with whom she worked on installations for 15 years.
A large installation of wood/clay sculptures at the Judah Magnes
Museum, Survivors, was
a tribute to family and other survivors of the Holocaust, a recurring
theme throughout her career.
Ms. Thompson has also exhibited ceramics and ceramic sculptures in
Korea, Japan, and Europe as well as
Ms. Thompson lives in Berkeley, teaches at Laney College and gives
numerous workshops around the
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