Circuits in the Sea
Mixed Media on Canvas
48 x 36
Mixed Media on Canvas
48 x 24
Laurel Terlesky found her home in Squamish, British Columbia in 2006 after travels through the United States, tapping into the touch-and-go atmosphere of pop culture from New York to San Francisco as well as footing through a handful of Canadian cities from Montreal to Vancouver. She completed her Bachelor of Fine Arts Degree with a major in Painting from the University of Victoria in 1999 and has been actively creating and contributing to the artistic community she surrounds herself in.
The body of work Terlesky has amassed throughout the last decade is evidence of her dedication, not only to art, but also to life and living every day as an artist. Terlesky creates canvases that are largely abstract in style built around an awareness of the human form and kinetic movement. Themes that have developed a language in her work are electricity & power, sustainable energy practices, spirituality, and the human body as it relates to the environment. Her paintings challenge our awareness of space by illustrating optical, illusionary space or by ﬂattening space with solid colour placement.
She has exhibited her work in Whistler, Squamish, Victoria, Vancouver, Montreal and California.
In 2008 Terlesky was awarded a stipend to spend a month at an international artist residency in Barcelona, Spain where she worked on future projects.
Where do we stand in relation to our ʻelectrical body politicʼ?
Energy is neither created nor destroyed; it is harnessed, transformed and is increasingly bordered, sold, manipulated, expressed and valued in relation to cultural dependency. Where and how do the currents of our identity intersect with the pulse of energy? How do our models of the future – our electrical sustainability suffragettes – mitigate a social shift that is bringing into question the human sense of self in relation to our current levels of power consumption?
Through a surrealist, pop-culture lens, Laurel Terlesky invites us to question the historical placement of these intimate portraits. Reclaiming the art of portraiture from a static presentation of the past, Terlesky places her subjects in the context of the present, and possibly the future…
The direct gaze of Terleskyʼs subjects, confront social norms, concepts of beauty and fashion, the meshing of the personal with the political, the sustainable with the possible, and stand as catalysts for deeper thinking.