Theresa P-Tan’s mixed media abstractions are invented landscapes that often reflect her experiences and memories of Brooklyn and the Ecuadorean Campo. They also represent her need to find order and calm in an often anxious and chaotic world. They are a balancing act between beauty and disorder, and they are a purge.
Theresa’s curiosity drives her process. She begins with swatches and bands of color in a limited palette. Layers of collage and marks using pencil, pastels, and other medium allow her to build interesting textures. She often asks, “what if?”, as she lays down the next mark, and goes back and forth with these until she feels at rest.
Through color and texture, Theresa hopes to express the complexity of our duality. That place where the hard meets the soft, the ugly meets the beautiful, and the light meets the dark.