Tom Marshman is an artist and performance-maker.
Tom Marshman has been a practicing artist for almost twenty years. His works encompass performance, installation, film and photography. He is interested in uncovering personal stories and sited historical narratives.
A lot of his work explores these themes through an LGBTQ prism. As an artist from the LGBTQ community he is interested in queer stories – platforming often hidden narratives.
Working with museums, Tom aims to mix fact and fiction, communicating that these objects and places are open to re-interpretation. His approach is respectful of site, but playful about re-representing a very fixed true embodiment of what happened there.
A recent project, ‘Hot Dates from the Past’ at the Red Lodge in Bristol and National Portrait Gallery in London, demonstrates this approach. Tom uploaded historical portraits as profiles on an online dating site such as Tinder or Grindr. The resulting performance was accessible and irreverent, whilst engaging with difficult themes of sex and death.