A jack of all trades, Theresa Anderson excels in the mediums of photography, performance, drawing, sculpture, installation, painting, and even artistic journaling and writing. She is based out of Denver with pieces which have been displayed at the Denver Art Museum, Boulder Museum of Contemporary Art as well as other renowned museums. Some of her most recent work explores controversial ideas, conflict, and the idea of “gurlesque”.
“I remember coming across the book, Gurlesque the new grrly, grotesque, burlesque poetics, while doing research on the history of feminism and immediately connecting with Arielle Greenberg and Lara Glenum’s writing that describes how gender is performed and can be bended, subverted and reconfigured in ways that questions, redefines, and pushes against perceived cultural norms.
Greenberg’s list of the birth of the Gurlesque that I quote on my website reminded me of the sweet and dirty smells, sounds, feels of growing up with a group of girls and boys who didn’t give a shit anymore what people thought. Everything was wrong. We did drugs, made out, climbed and romped on top of Kmart until the cops came. Everything was and is still upside down. The poor are poorer and black people are still being beaten and killed in the street. My embrace of the term is a sign of the work that’s yet to be done.”
Anderson’s process goes back and forth between “intuition and research”. She chooses the medium or material that she sees “best fits the concept relative to time”. Currently, Anderson is less focused on realism, and more interested in abstract sculptures. She gets inspiration from research, discussion with social activists, scientists, artists, people she meets on the street, as well as from her own life experiences.
Theresa Anderson currently works and lives in Denver, CO. She has had artist residencies at Redline Denver, PlatteForum, and Vermont Studio Center (where she received funding for her sculptures). Anderson also has had the pleasure to exhibit artwork nationally and internationally with: 2013 and 2015 Biennial of the Americas, Neurotitan Berlin, Boulder Museum of Contemporary Art, Denver Art Museum, Soo Visual Art Center Minneapolis, Pirate Contemporary Art, Los Angeles Contemporary Exhibitions, Museum of Contemporary Art Denver, and is represented at the Gray Contemporary Houston.