H. Gene Thompson is a Pittsburgh-based artist who uses soft sculpture, performance, and interactive sound to highlight unseen narratives, exploring themes of closeness, isolation, confining factors such as gender, social and economic oppression. Thompson’s wearable work is made up of colorful shapes working both as membranes to be resisted against and barriers to be broken through, both separating and connecting people, questioning human connectivity through wearable fabric sculptures. Thompson works to hold space that challenges social interactions, bringing people together socially through the organization of events and performances that empower.
Thompson has a strong foundation as fiber artist, sculptor and printmaker and has spent the past 10 years developing and leading workshops. The multimedia workshops act as a conduit for social emotional learning by way of connecting a wide range in ages and communities to themselves through learning new media in order to help to create connections within and across communities.
They have been the recipient of grants involving organizations such as: Girty’s Run Water Shed Association, New Hazlett Theater, The Children’s Museum of Pittsburgh, Kelly Strayhorn Pittsburgh, Laboratory Spokane WA, Charles Adams Studio Project Lubbock TX, AS220 Providence RI, Neu Kirche Contemporary Art Center, and Future Tenant Pittsburgh. BFA 2012, Carnegie Mellon University.