Artist of the Day / Theresa Pfarr / Philadelphia, Pennsylvania

Finding an artist like Theresa Pfarr is what motivates me to do this Artist of the Day category.  I find her work intense and amazing.

Incidentally and anxiously, I discover and draw from the meanderings of the female image in our culture, as it addresses me. 

 I treat the cultural, commercial and personal as one in my work, through a process of collecting, collaging and manipulating images into my paintings.

Elements coexist in the paintings to describe the anxiety associated with inhabiting a medial self-consciousness. 

 Edges disintegrate, limbs distort, paint melts into skin, and glances confront in discord.

About destructivetesting

I'm a self-taught artist who prefers to use found objects in ways that were never intended. I'm not interested in making 10 or 100 of the same object. This, of course, takes more time to make each piece. I also prefer a more minimalist look, where each part of a piece can be appreciated. I consider my clocks to be small sculptures with moving parts. And, my lamps to be small sculptures with light. My mirrors are reflective sculptures. DESTRUCTIVE TESTING means to push something to it's limits to understand it's structural performance or material behavior under different stresses. I interpret this in my artwork as using materials in different ways or combinations than they were designed to be used. I also just like the slightly ominous sound of the term...
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3 Responses to Artist of the Day / Theresa Pfarr / Philadelphia, Pennsylvania

  1. Lovely painterliness – can’t beat it somehow!

  2. barbaraelka says:

    They are like half present, half there…almost wounded like too

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