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Teresa Cole

Artist Statement Submitted 2015

Essential to every society, pattern has been my subject of artistic investigation. I strive to call attention to it as a language: a form of communication, abstraction, and embedded cultural identity. Examining the use of pattern to create identity as well as a means to distort, confuse and manipulate information, my works employ layering, enlarged marks, and magnified views to penetrate the malleability of sensory knowledge.

Through large print installations, I manipulate pattern to explore issues of power, unravel the past, and as a mode to interpret our complicated world. The works are relief or screen-prints that cover walls or cross into the three-dimensional, subtly defining space. Through the use of repetition, I utilize optics as an agent of seduction to trace cultural expressions. Relationships are formed between abstraction and representation, the simple and the complex.

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