"The performative nature of the Nascent Series, though, is key to understanding it. The reality depicted in these works is bleak, but this is not a nihilist’s view of the world—it is a call to action to move beyond the status quo. Thorp’s mastery of his craft functions on its surface as a gateway to existential dread, to be sure, but it also points towards transcendence. The same illusionism that introduces doubt over reality can equally be read as an optimistic reaffirmation of humanity’s creative abilities. We are not doomed to the reality on offer in the Nascent Series; we can create a new one with sufficient ingenuity."
- Adam Levine
(President, Director, and CEO at the Toledo Museum of Art)