“Between Origin and Present” is Teresa Cole‘s second exhibition and first solo show with whitespace gallery and consists of both a series of prints and an installation component. The objective of these two bodies of work is to complete a tracing, be it of the past or the present, to hopefully understand our complicated world. The work addresses a need to recover an imagery’s origins by finding similarities and differences between cultures and to search for a source of identity through an exploration in pattern. It is also about trying to understand ornament as a visual language, and, ultimately through this use of pattern, explore how cultures influence and affect each other.
Teresa Cole created “Curling in on itself,” the installation centerpiece of the show, in India during the Khoj Kolkata International Artist Residency. Through the work, she is examining the malleability of sensory knowledge by layering enlarged marks and magnified views. The result is the formation of relationships between abstraction and representation, the simple and the complex, confusion and order.
Teresa Cole holds the Ellsworth Woodward Professorship in Art in Tulane University’s Newcomb Art Department. She earned a BFA in fiber arts from the Maryland Institute’s College of Art and received much of her early printmaking education as a working member of Peacock Printmakers in Aberdeen, Scotland. She completed an MFA in printmaking at the Cranbrook Academy of Art. Working either on paper or directly onto the wall, Ms. Cole shows print installations both nationally and internationally. Public collections include: The Art Gallery of New South Wales in Sydney, Australia; the Auckland Gallery in Auckland, New Zealand and the Frederick R. Weisman Collection in Los Angeles, California. Her recent visiting artist engagements include Hard Ground Printmakers in Cape Town, South Africa; Frans Masereel Graphics Center in Kasterlee, Belgium and Khoj Kolkata in Kolkata, West Bengal, India.
Through June 30.
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