2019, Photographic collage on paper, 20 x 20 in.
Austin-based photographer Thomas Athey has successfully incorporated art into his daily life for several decades. Beginning with a ceramics apprenticeship in high school, Tom has worked in a variety of media including jewelry, sculpture, printmaking and painting. Since earning a studio art degree from the University of Texas in 1991 Tom has concentrated primarily on documentary and fine art photography and his work is included in a number of public and private collections.Recently, an urge to revisit the tens of thousands of images in his photographic archive inspired Tom to develop a unique process for intelligently and intuitively combining hundreds of previously unrelated images. The resulting collage work, precise yet painterly, loose yet intricately structured, challenges viewers to rethink traditional photography and its relationship to other mediums.Tom lives in South Austin with his wife Carol, has two grown sons and travels by bicycle whenever possible.