Teresa Booth Brown visits Anderson Ranch with not one, but two gallery exhibits this October. “Paintings and Drawings” will be featured in the Patton-Mallot Gallery, while “A Unified (Edible) Scheme” will be on view in the Gideon Gartner Gallery through October 31, 2013. The opening reception will be Tuesday, October 8, 2013.
Starting with a simple composition, Brown’s paintings are developed intuitively by the addition and subtraction of layers of paint, collage, and drawing. Brown begins the creative process by laying down a collage layer, created rapidly and spontaneously.
“I meditate on the arrangement and rework the elements, adding and removing paint until form, color and line bring together multiple layers of visual information,” said Brown. “Pencil line is added where linear clarification is needed, while considering positive and negative space. What emerges and what stays hidden are both examined until intellect and emotion are satisfied. The compositions are formed completely through this careful and archaeological process and are not preconceived.”
The drawings are made on the pages of old textbooks for anatomy, mathematics and drafting. Using the existing lines as a starting point, graphite is rubbed over the entire page surface. Through erasure, and the addition of pencil line, new forms emerge, transforming the original schematic.
“A Unified (Edible) Scheme” is just what it sounds like … edible art! The work was originally commissioned by the Boulder Museum of Contemporary Art in March of 2012.
The food art installation features 400 gingerbread cookies frosted and covered with an edible image printed on edible paper with edible ink on a custom table. The cookies are place in a mandala form, which repeats a design four times.
As an artist and pastry chef, Teresa’s work provides a unique perspective on the definition of art. Through the creating of art and food, she is able to express her creativity while bringing out pleasure and happiness in others.
A native of Portland, Oregon, Brown studied art in the Pacific Northwest at the Museum Art School and Reed College. She graduated from Bennington College with a B.A. in Painting and Sculpture in 1985. Brown was a fellow at the Skowhegan School of Painting and Sculpture in Maine, as well as an artist-in-residence at Ucross Foundation in Wyoming and at Anderson Ranch. In 2012, she was a visiting artist at the American Academy in Rome. Most recently, her work has been featured at the Rule Gallery in Denver, the Denver Art Museum and the Boulder Museum of Contemporary Art.