The work of Theresa Gray could be summarized in one word, presence. With a perspective based in stillness, the paintings of Gray are intricate, delicate, and infinite. The Harwood Museum of Art is excited to feature Gray’s works for the October 2018 edition of Studio 238, opening October 5th, 2018.
Gray states, “Each piece represents a breakthrough, something new for me…” Working in oils, acrylics and watercolor, Gray’s work varies in scale, from a grand landscape made miniature, to a fluid motion of an owl’s wing. She states, “My life on The Mesa is in rhythm and full of ritual: grinding wheat, kneading dough, moving rocks, gathering wood, lighting the fire. No wasted motion — all part of my truth and devotion. Being present in this place is my work.”
Her representations of nature are not static but constantly in motion. They hold the viewer, nearly in a trance like state of hazy vistas, blurred feathers, or dancing grasses. Gray’s work is a meditation on living in rural Northern New Mexico. Her artist statement reads, “An owl hoots. A yucca bursts into bloom. The songbirds flutter and rest. I glimpse a coyote; it disappears into the land … awakens me at night. I watch as a storm builds in the sky. Once again, I surrender into this space…”
Theresa Gray has been studying her environs and creating art for more than 30 years. She received her Bachelors of Fine Arts from Grand Valley State University in Allendale, Michigan. Gray’s work has been featured in exhibitions in Michigan, Florida, Maine and New Mexico, as well as Art in Embassies, U.S. Embassy in Mozambique. Public Collections include The Herman Miller Corporation and Montessori Public Elementary School in Chicago, IL. Her work has been featured in a number of published books and featured in a number of articles including The Grand Rapids Press, The Detroit News, Airstream Life Magazine, Rio Grande Sun and the Taos News. She and her husband, Peter Halter, live off-the-grid near Taos, New Mexico. Her bio reads, “Dependent upon the sun and the rain to power their handmade home, they are committed to forming beauty from native materials and living a life of balance. Always aware of their surroundings, the environment shapes their movement and inspires their work.”
Studio 238 is a pop-up gallery exhibition at the Harwood Museum of Art offering contemporary local artists an opportunity to show their work. These rotating one-month exhibitions provide a space for new series of works, experimental or traditional, to both established and emerging local artists.
MEET THE ARTIST: THERESA GRAY, “MARKING TIME”
- 238 Ledoux Street
- Taos, NM 87571
- Harwood Museum of Art