ATHICA @ Ciné Gallery
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Athens, GA 30601
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ATHICA@Ciné presents an exhibition of paintings by Athens-based artist Teresa Abel. Working with oils and cold wax, Abel creates paintings that hover between abstraction and representation, capturing light effects and the forms of the natural world. She finds that painting is both an important creative practice and also a pathway to peace of mind.
When viewed as a whole, “Exhibit A” reveals how I have consistently turned to the act of painting as a meditation practice, enabling me to transcend and heal from particularly challenging life events.
— Teresa Abel
This is Abel’s first solo exhibition for ATHICA. She was selected by the ATHICA Exhibitions Committee to be featured in the Solo Duo Trio series, which provides opportunities for individual artists to exhibit their work at ATHICA and its partner location, ATHICA@Ciné.
About the Artist
Teresa Abel grew up in Milledgeville, Georgia, and began practicing art at a young age. After receiving a BFA in graphic design from the University of Georgia, Abel relocated to Colorado and earned a Juris Doctor and LL.M. from Denver University. Abel is now based in Athens, Georgia, where she lives with her husband and two young children. Abel paints primarily in oil and cold wax on canvas. In her artwork, Abel explores a variety of subjects including scenes, figures, and abstract images. Abel finds inspiration in spontaneity but also frequently enters a hyper-focused or meditative mind state when painting. Her process often involves impulsive subject selection followed by prolonged episodes of revision and attention to detail. For the first time in 2022, Abel began pursuing avenues for publicly exhibiting her growing body of professional work.
About Exhibit A
Teresa Abel’s debut exhibition, “Exhibit A,” is a collection of oil on canvas works created by the artist over a six-year period. Each work stands alone and can be interpreted as containing meaning within itself. In Wildflowers (2017), for example, late-summer floral blooms in various stages of growth serve as a metaphor for the passage of time. When viewed as a whole, the collection reveals how the artist has consistently turned to the act of painting as a meditation practice, enabling her to transcend and heal from particularly challenging life events.
Exhibit A is sponsored in part by The James E. and Betty J. Huffer Foundation, The Georgia Council for the Arts, and The National Endowment for the Arts.
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