Mimei Thompson’s paintings are both process-based and representational. The works are constructed in thin translucent layers over a smooth white ground. Paint marks function descriptively, but their physicality, as paint and as trace of gesture, remains strong.
There is a preoccupation with the everyday made strange, radiant, or poetic. The subject matter is often the humble or overlooked, such as weeds, insects, an overgrown urban corner or a spilling bag of rubbish. The work also often contains allusions to particular states of mind or psychological explorations.
The world in the paintings has a sense of fluidity, and a commonality, where everything is made of the same substance. There is a feeling that matter is temporarily taking on certain forms, but these could be transient and capable of morphing.
‘Nature’, a broadly interpreted theme in the work, stands in for a site of authenticity, searched for but knowingly unattainable. In making the work there is a drive to connect to a place of origin, coupled with a knowingness of the impossibility of satisfying this desire.
Mimei Thompson lives and works in London. She was featured in Contemporary Art Society’s ARTfutures 2003 and commissioned to produce a work for Contemporary Art Society’s Annual Fundraiser Wanderlust in 2013.