Things I want to know

Things I want to know

The work- the labor represented in my writing, drawing, painting, sculpture, performative pieces and their related photography reflect an accumulation, appropriation and infiltration of the daily grind. It’s a 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. These objects exist as if reams of information gathered from Facebook, random magazines found in waiting rooms, focused research and feminist reading (whether it’s Felix Guattari’s Soft Subversions, Sianne Ngai’s Ugly Feelings, or Arielle Greenberg’s Gurlesque) could become object-like.

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.”

Theresa Anderson "floating on the interstate"
Theresa Anderson “floating on the interstate”

Narrative Biography

Theresa Anderson is a Denver-based interdisciplinary artist and a writer. She currently writes for theScen3 art blog as well as her personal art blog which was selected as a top five finalist by the Westword 2012 Denver Web Awards. In 2013, she received press accreditation from the 55th Venice Biennale where she traveled and wrote under her privately run blog.

Exhibiting nationally and represented in numerous private collections; Anderson’s interdisciplinary artwork has been featured and included in publications such as Style Carrot, The Denver Art Museum blog- The Collective, Aurora Magazine, Irving Sandler Artist File, Calyx Journal, Saatchi Online Magazine, One Life Photos, Creative Quarterly, Westword and the Denver Post. Anderson is active in the Denver arts scene, where she’s currently a resource artist at Redline, exhibiting works and presenting a master artist demonstration on drawing at the Denver Art Museum, completed a residency at PlatteForum she currently serves on the artist committee, and was the founder and director at Ice Cube Gallery 2009 – 2013.


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