A gleaner. A collector. An avid observer of the overlooked and the darkly feminine. Teresa scavenges both the domestic and natural world to gather ephemera, moments, images, objet trouvé, lost, discarded and misplaced trinkets.
She listens and waits to these resonant objects and salvaged words.
They are assembled according to some barely discernible, hidden internal narrative.
Like bones thrown together from seemingly unrelated beasts, they hint at past histories and forge new dynamics, connections and narrative associations.
What was dead has been given life and a destroyed, defunct, lost soul is reconstructed.
Following a career as a film production designer, then later as a writer and director, Teresa found herself railing against the creative restrictions that such narrow specialisation demanded.
Moving from London to the wilds of Northern Lancashire, the draw to create smaller, more intimate and authored works coincided with motherhood and a deep questioning of the nature of home and a woman’s place within it.
Teresa has been telling stories for over 30 years. Working with found objects and gleaned words, she creates a dark alchemy to create visual haikus, her resonant assemblages telling stories of unspoken sentiments and intuitive observations.
We are really excited to be welcoming Teresa to Hebden Bridge for our MERAKI exhibition Spring 2018. Her work will be with us until the end of April 2018 for you to see and buy. Follow Teresa over on Instagram here.
‘This is our meditation practice as women, calling back the dead and dismembered aspects of ourselves, calling back the dead and dismembered aspects of life itself.’
Clarissa Pinkola Estés