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Theresa Anderson (b. 1967, St. Paul, MN) lives and works in Denver, CO. She is alum of artist residencies at Redline Denver, PlatteForum, and Vermont Studio Center where she received fellowship funding for her sculpture. Her work centers around concepts dealing with conflict, and/ or, oppositional categories, and recitations on agency and inadequacy. Anderson exhibits nationally and internationally at such venues as the 2013 and 2015 Biennial of the Americas, Neurotitan Berlin, Boulder Museum of Contemporary Art, Denver Art Museum, Soo Visual Art Center Minneapolis, Pirate Contemporary Art, Los Angeles Contemporary Exhibitions, Museum of Contemporary Art Denver, and Gray Contemporary Houston where she is represented.
Theresa Anderson’s interdisciplinary work is best described as a form of aggressive cuddling, covering, or a type of softening. Creating sets of work for installation, performance, or rituals that are documented by degraded objects this work comes out of a remembering of things we once knew. Overarching themes include collection and description of relationships between energy, body, and object that question the intersection, tensions and conflicts of new scientific theory on mass, length and scale, philosophies embodied within Object Oriented Ontology, kinds of religious practice, and her own definition of the gurlesque.
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My writing, drawing, painting, sculpture, performance art and related photography reflect an accumulation, appropriation and infiltration of the daily grind. It’s an obsession, sickness, aversion and compulsion to listen to a certain set of rap, punk and rock lyrics over and over until these dense and opaque things push out. They represent things about going fast, gesture, movement and guttural speech- pared down to just what you need to get by. Coming from the center of incompletion- it’s everything I question. I don’t want to know/ I want to know. Images occur to me as if reams of information gathered from Facebook, random magazines found in waiting rooms, focused research and reading (whether it’s Felix Guattari’s Soft Subversions, Sianne Ngai’s Ugly Feelings, or Arielle Greenberg’s Gurlesque[i]) could become thing-like.
[i] Some Notes on the Origin of the (Term) Gurlesque
“The Gurlesque was born of black organza witch costumes and the silver worn-out sequins mashed between scratchy pink tutu netting and velvet unicorn paintings and arena rock ballads and rainbow iron-on glitter decals and self-mutilation and anorexia and bulimia and fighting back and Renaissance Fairies and teen sex and zines and cutting and Sassy and joy and ecstasy and abortion and the Pill and road kill and punk shows and panties and incest and ice cream and rape and we mean this very seriously. No means no, asshole. And yes means yes. And girl means girl except when it doesn’t, which is sometimes.” –Arielle Greenberg