We had the good fortune of connecting with Zipporah Camille Thompson and we’ve shared our conversation below.
Hi Zipporah Camille, what is the most important factor behind your success?
Success is defined as fullness, joy, and satisfaction with myself, my choices, my interactions with others, and my experiences. While these experiences are both fluid and complex, I measure success not by the lens or values of others, but that of myself. I have discovered that I’m incredibly resilient and resourceful; patient, diligent, and hard-working. Regardless of all that I’ve been through, I’ve used my art as a tool for healing, a catalyst for change and self-help, for not only myself, but my community. I use visual language via sculptures and installations to communicate hope, vitality, and power. I’ve turned inward to my earliest ways of knowing how to process emotion and of communicating by way of making, creating, and collecting. Operating in love and spreading kindness is key to the happiness and success of myself and others. I love thinking of all the ways that BIPOC are connected. When I win, my community wins. I will never give up on being an artist, regardless of obstacles, others’ perceptions, personal traumas, etc. I changed my major from psych/pre-med to art after acknowledging that all I’ve ever dreamt of becoming was a creator, a maker, an artist. I persisted in my educational pursuits; and continued to make work despite criticism . Much of that work was lackluster for a very long time, but I made it anyway. I will continue to create, make, and dream, until my physical body no longer allows me to do so. I pray that day doesn’t come until I journey to the next place. In the meantime, gotta keep these hands moving; the work keeps going and is balanced by rest. and meditation Stay tuned!
Can you open up a bit about your work and career? We’re big fans and we’d love for our community to learn more about your work.
Fusing sculpture and installation, my work is rooted in contemporary abstraction and hybrid landscapes. I use found objects and techniques in both textiles and ceramics to create otherworldly, amorphous forms and environments. I find inspiration in that which is discarded and unknown. I realized I was an artist while illustrating books with my dad as a toddler and dreamt of the day I would create botanical illustrations like his. Although I’ve faced myriad obstacles, I’ve pursued my art relentlessly through showing up in the studio each day. Never give up! The journey is difficult yet so rewarding to realize the impact your work has upon others.
Any places to eat or things to do that you can share with our readers? If they have a friend visiting town, what are some spots they could take them to?
Oakland Cemetery Bon Ton I’d book my friends an AirBNB in Little 5 Points Whitespace Gallery Lee’s Bakery High Museum Beltline West Piedmont Park Antique Stores/Thrifting Buford Hwy Restaurants Dekalb Farmer’s Market Doll’s Head Trail
The Shoutout series is all about recognizing that our success and where we are in life is at least somewhat thanks to the efforts, support, mentorship, love and encouragement of others. So is there someone that you want to dedicate your shoutout to?
I want to thank the Universe and the countless others -you know who you are- who have played an integral part in my journey as an artist.
Mike Jensen, Courtesy of Zuckerman Museum of Art, Zipporah Camille Thompson (all the others)