Teresa Dirk’s artistic voice is profoundly influenced by her upbringing in the rustic American south. Seamstresses, quilters, gardeners, and farmers, served as creative role models throughout her childhood that cultivated her love of nature, growth, and creativity. She works in mixed media to create abstracts that channel the energy of her past. Her paintings are deeply personal and carry precise meanings and particular stories to them. The whimsical lines and playful color choices lend themselves to a childlike quality that charms with nostalgia. Though each of her paintings reflect her personal surroundings and history, she delves into complex conceptual topics, such as urban decay and nature’s fundamental connections. She has a passion for the process, and views it as propagating the brilliant and expressive energy she has witnessed throughout her life.
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About The Artist
No matter who you are or where you live, you have a horizon, a sunset, a connection to humanity that each individual experiences. The horizon is a connection that ties us together. My work is an abstraction of that concept and connection.
My work combines linear texture along with the visual elements and principles of color, movement, and pattern.
Ultimately, we are all interwoven in humanity and our horizon is a part of that. So as we merge into this new realm of technology and political unrest, it is vital to make these interconnections. My work conveys my desire for us to unify and develop a holistic community.
Southeast Missouri State University
Bachelor of Arts, 1998
William Woods UniversityMaster of Arts, 2005