Born in Illinois, 1992
What is important to me isn’t so much the design aspect of the work, but highlighting the relationships I find significant in my life. I’m more excited about sharing a story than making a chair. — Thomas Barger
Thomas Barger is an artist living and working in Brooklyn, New York. Barger is originally from a rural Cattle farm in Mattoon, Illinois. Like many transplants his move to NYC was motivated by necessity. Barger came to New York in order to access his own homosexual identity at a distance from his rural, conservative, religious background. Amidst this new chosen environment, Barger’s work has been a process of emotional, intellectual, and spiritual exploration grounded in craft, narrative, and humor. Thomas Barger studied architecture and landscape architecture at the university of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign.