Marabou Thomas

Marabou Thomas grew up proudly rootless in Nairobi, Kenya. He moved to Orlando, FL in 1997, and has been trying to root himself into this habitat ever since.

When I came across his work, shock waves ran through my body. The vibrancy of the colors, the sharpness of the moss, the sticks, the leaves, the moth; every piece of every image – it all amazed me. In talking with Marabou a little, I found out more about his medium. He uses a Panasonic Lumix digital camera, then remixes the images in Photoshop, and finally he paints and draws over them in Corel painter. He uses a pressure-sensitive convertible tablet PC. This set-up is both high-tech and low maintenance, though – Marabou rides his bike everywhere and manages to transport it just fine, on his back. I really liked his exact response: “It's much easier for me to be nomadic when I can carry all my art supplies, not to mention all my art, in my backpack at minimal weight.”

Here is a small piece of Marabou’s artist statement: Basically, I’m trying to engage in an ongoing daily conversation with the dirt. I'm trying to remind myself that I’m made of cells, that my cells are made of the same stuff that every other living being on earth is made out of: water, air, and rock. I'm trying to remind myself to keep my eyes awake, to stay sensitive, and to celebrate being alive every single second that I get to be alive.

*Note: Some of the images below have small text within them - be sure to click through to the larger images to view pieces properly.

And a poster from his recent exhibition at Dandelion CommuniTEA Cafe in Orlando...

Contact Marabou: unholding@gmail.com