Carly Terreson

Carly Terreson

My work is about the body, the layers of metaphors that stand along with female existence. As I make the work I explore moments of touch, intimacy, my understanding of womanhood and my own relationship to my body by using it as the tool to make. Much like in life, we must learn about our own being, take care of it, love it, unlove it and then love it again. As women we learn what this existence means on a larger political scale, how this impacts us in our daily lives. Through the creation of my work I question this and how and when women must stand in solidarity and sisterhood with each other. My work consists of different processes and multi media, all exploring color, process, texture, touch and position all creating a narrative. These processes include large-scale painting, performative painting, hand sewing, embroidery, beading and digital printing. The dedication to the art practice is symbolic to the commitment to the body, the relationship to self that is projected to relationships with others. The bodies I create are confident, strong, open, and rooted to the earth and their worth.

During the Luminous Bodies residency I plan to investigate how we as humans, specifically women move through emotional landscapes and how that effects our bodies and relationships. I am interested in exploring more performance-based processes and how movement and making is related to self-care.

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Carly Terreson is an artist living and working in Oakland, California. She received a BFA in Painting and Social Practice and Public Forms from California College of the Arts in Oakland, California. This past April she had a solo exhibition at the Hubbell Street Galleries titled, I call it mine, in San Francisco, California. She has taught and worked within many diverse communities and organizations like Creativity Explored and Southern Exposure and is passionate about helping others discover their voice through art making and community engagement.