Tom Isaacs (b. 1985, Oxford, UK) is a Sydney-based performance artist, sculptor and curator. In 2008, he completed a Bachelor of Visual Arts (Honours) at Sydney College of the Arts, the University of Sydney. He returned to SCA in 2015, enrolling in a PhD researching the connection between ritual and body art.
Isaacs’ practice draws from psychoanalytic theory, existential philosophy, religious and ritual practices, and art history (particularly the history of performance art) to explore themes of mental illness, mortality, and the human condition. His PhD research involves an investigation of the relationship between ritual, psychoanalysis, and body art, and how these different streams of thought address the problem of alienation.
Recent performances include: The Talking Dead, Sydney College of the Arts, Rozelle 2019, Dream Analysis, Katoomba Falls Kiosk, Katoomba 2018; Aphanisis (Disappearance), Scratch Art Space, Marrickville 2018.
Isaacs is a frequent contributor to base-metal, “a platform for research, dialogue, exchange, performance” founded by Julie Vulcan in 2014. He has participated in a number of Intercessions events, as well as a short-term residency at the BigCi, Bilpin 2016 and ‘Same Difference: Equinox to Equinox’ 2016 – a global performance event organised by Bbeyond.