My work responds to the consumption and accessibility of food, culture, and art in suburban and urban spaces. As an artist, I am interested in the ways mark-making, texts, maps and diagrams reveal cultural scripts and adaptations. It’s important that my work opens spaces for community dialog and learning to create moments of empathy, healing and catharsis. My intention is to reflect the ways consumption and accessibility affect cultural representations and identity. I see the body as the vessel for all of this and use my own body and experiences as the catalyst for investigation.
Teresa Flores is a visual artist working in social engagement and consulting. She is based in Los Angeles and rooted in Fresno. Flores works with brands, institutions, nonprofits and others to guide creative direction, strategy and arts engagement. Her studio practice includes drawing, painting and video that examines identity and wellness as it relates to California and Latino/a/x culture, such as her ongoing project, Experimental Quesadilla Lab. Flores has led programs at Los Angeles County Museum of Art, the Museum of Contemporary Art San Diego and Spike Art Quarterly in Berlin and her artwork has been mentioned in The New Yorker and featured in the exhibition Centennial, 100 Years of Otis College Alumni. She has worked with luxury beauty brands such as Armani, Maison Margiela, and Fresh for in-store events and product launches. Flores has taught Visual Culture at California State University, Fresno and for the Armory Center for the Arts in Pasadena. She holds an MFA in Public Practice from Otis College of Art and Design and is a 2021-2022 Artist in Residence for the City of Los Angeles, recipient of California Arts Council's 2021 Impact Project Award and grantee of the City of Santa Monica's 2021 Art of Recovery Project.
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