Teresa Poester



I like to compare Teresa Poester's drawings and paintings to a musical composition, where theme and improvisation are related to each other through a rythmical and harmonical basis, as is the case, for example, with bossa nova and jazz. (...) Likewise, her creative work is guided by a modular structure, an architecture upon which she intervenes through gesture to create counterpoints . Her poetry originates from these extremes. (...)

Luis Felk

In the past thirty years, I have worked with drawing in different ways: teaching, reflecting and writing about it, and, first and foremost, drawing.
Drawing and painting translate a series of ambivalences, dualities between which I find myself: line and stain, order and chaos, limit and freedom.
I started exhibiting my work in the late seventies, while I was a student at the Visual Arts Department at the Federal University in Porto Alegre, Brazil.
My drawings from that time are intentionally narrative, and have the allegorical and kitsch feel that mark much of the art that was then produced in Brazil, still under the dark shadow of the dictatorship.
When I was working in Spain, from 1986 to 1989, there was a rupture in theme, technique and treatment. The “Personagens” (characters) of the previous series became “Objects and Symbols”.
The paintings in the series “Paisagens” (Landscapes), which began in 1990, got progressively further away from the figurative.
The “Janelas” (Windows), which were framings of landscapes, marked the discovery of the geometry of the picture.
The “Grades” (Grids) period, resulting from repetitions of the Windows, characterizes my return to drawing, which had marked the beginnings of my work.
These drawings are progressively distilled until they become simple gestures, body language.
The drawings in the series “Jardins de Eragny” (Gardens of Ergagny) are being executed in the nature of Eragny-sur–Epte, Normandy. The relationship with the local landscapes results in a kind of abstraction that emphasizes the movement of the lines.
The colors have reappeared more recently. And in the constant alternation between freedom and constraint, the geometry of the landscape resurfaces, incorporating the structure of the “Pedras” (Stones) to the organic drawings of the “Jardins de Eragny”.

Teresa Poester, Eragny sur Epte, 2008