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Thomas Faison – Phase Change

Client: Frederick Arts Council

Location: FREDERICK, MD, MD, United States

Completion date: 2019

Project Team

Louise Kennelly

Frederick Arts Council

Gabriella Smith

Frederick Arts Council


“Phase Change is a living, evolving installation; a three act visual story of disaster, transformation, and hope. The story of water, steam, ice, and us articulated through a hybrid of video, sculpture, and music, hybrids of these mediums. It is in moments of transition where one can find true becoming. Liquid evaporating to gas, a city turning to moss, a person discovering shelter–examining these processes of change provides insights into the creative force of difference as we work towards not just individual transformation but the transformation of the collective Us. The first step of Phase Change is a stream simulator presenting erosion, a macro process which existed longer before and will exist long after is, in a micro setting. Displayed alongside the simulator is a film with a loose, allegoric narrative, acting as a magnifying glass as the line between natural and societal processes grows thin. The voices within the film detail personal, cultural, and social relationships within the hydrosphere. The variance in these stories lends itself to insights into water as a multiplicity: something that is holy, political, nourishing, fearsome, essential.” – Thomas Faison


Selected by the Frederick Arts Council and funded by a grant from the National Endowment for the Arts, Faison’s gallery piece will transform every four months as it follows a “three act visual story” and will remain in exhibition through 2019. Phase Change, makes use of a variety of media from video art, sculpture, music, and more to explore questions surrounding climate change, cultural relationships with water, disasters, transformation, and how to survive.