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Thérèse Murdza (MAP #83)
Featured Artist : Gateway Studio

sketchbook 1502.011
acrylic, pencil and crayon on paper
22″ x 22″

sketchbook 1501.012
acrylic, pencil and crayon on paper
22″ x 22″

sketchbook 1501.016
acrylic, pencil and crayon on paper
22″ x 22″

Before I could tie my own shoes, I played a small accordion. I studied piano, saxophone, then jazz and music theory at a Baltimore-area Maryland public high school. In college (also near Baltimore), I studied theater performance, learning new forms of materializing sounds in transitory space. I acted, directed, and wrote poetry and plays. After graduation I distilled my writing further, in search of the precise moments of emotion and of contact. Not narrating the beginnings and ends, but middles; the being in the middle of things.

Years spent in Rehoboth Beach DE, Brooklyn NY, Washington DC, Durham NC, and Grinnell IA, had me drawing on big paper and literally taking the words apart. Disintegrating the shapes of the words into lines, circles, squares and color. Hearing words, seeing music, somehow marking sound in charcoal, ink, pencil, and paint.

Since 2000, I’ve worked almost exclusively on stretched canvas, in turns building large, sometimes multi-paneled works on canvas, and smaller works on canvas and paper. From my studio in Portland OR, I partner with gallerists, design professionals, art agents, and private clients to place my paintings nationwide.

Website: http://www.theresemurdza.com/

Media: acrylic, drawing & colored pencil, mixed media 2D

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