Tom Isaacs (b. 1985, Oxford, UK) is a Sydney-based performance artist and sculptor. In 2008, he completed a Bachelor of Visual Arts (Honours) at Sydney College of the Arts, the University of Sydney. Isaacs returned to SCA in 2015, enrolling in a PhD researching the connection between ritual and body art. His artistic practice is an exploration of the relationship between art and catharsis, informed by his research into body art, psychoanalytical theory and religious or spiritual traditions.
Recent performances include: Can these bones live?, 107 Projects, Redfern 2016; Night Soil, Scratch Art Space, Marrickville 2016; Jacob’s Ladder, Bigci, Bilpin 2016. Isaacs has also been invited to perform live at a number of art events in recent years, including: ‘Free Fall’, Oxford Art Factory, Darlinghurst 2014 and 2011; ‘Cementa13’, Kandos 2013; ‘Hungry For Art’, Ryde 2013.
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.