Sabrina Thompson

Artist Statement

I am an interdisciplinary multimedia artist who is guided by intuition to create work that articulates a throughline between generational trauma, heritable psychopathology, and societal structures of power and control. My work draws from reality when I layer these themes with pockets of resilience, innovation, imagination, and joy that that break free from the cycle of violence perpetuated against Black people and other BIPOC.

My thesis piece is a tribute to my late Grandmother, Naomi Thompson (d. 2019). She was beloved by everyone who met her and always encouraged me to follow my dreams. I channel diasporic methods of ornamentation, decoration, and interior design as I weave together memory, family history, grief, trauma, and societal constructs. These elements serve as a backdrop for a portrait of my Grandma, who is depicted as a saint who shines a light through the darkness to symbolize the significance and strength of Black matriarchs in the Black community and the world. To achieve my ideas, I employ a spectrum of mediums, including textiles, embroidery, collage, quilting, sculpture, painting, stained glass, glass fusion, embellishments, musical composition, and digital illustration.

Artist Bio

Sabrina Thompson (b. 1996 in Northville, MI) is an interdisciplinary multimedia artist, designer, and musician based in Brooklyn, NY. Sabrina’s work explores generational trauma, psychopathology, societal constructs, resilience, and joy across the Black diaspora. Sabrina is a 2019 graduate from the University of Michigan with a Bachelor of Arts in Psychology. She is currently pursuing a Master’s in Fine Arts from Parsons School of Design along with a minor in Transmedia & Digital Storytelling from the New School.