Bethany Thomas is a young artist currently completing a Research Masters in i-DAT. Her practice focuses on portraiture and abstract expressionism. She often studies how life is perceived by individuals who cannot control their mind – aiming to portray mental illnesses. Everything in her work links back to control.
While her background is in painting and drawing, she has begun to produce digital and print works. Thomas has an interest in the history and philosophy of art – particularly influenced by the notion of original thought.
Thomas studies creativity through the lens of mythos, literary criticism, repetition and origin of thought. Her current research will examine the notion that human creativity emanates from a collective, structured and innate resource evidenced by storytelling. She is aiming to establish whether humans are, to some degree, pre-programmed and consequently whether human creativity is largely determined and predictable.