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 an interdisciplinary artist whose work examines identity and wellness and often takes place in the public sphere and incorporates civic engagement. Currently she is an official Artist in Residence for the City of Los Angeles and is a grantee of the Art of Recovery project for the City of Santa Monica. In 2013, Teresa was awarded an Outstanding Contribution Award for Civic Engagement and Connecting Economies from Otis College of Art and Design. Her long running public project Experimental Quesadilla Lab, has traveled to the towns of Firebaugh and San Joaquin, the Museum of Contemporary Art San Diego and Spike Art Quarterly in Berlin, and was awarded a Certificate of Appreciation from the City of Los Angeles. Teresa has led equity minded public programs at the Los Angeles County Museum of Art and in Fresno, she led the Mobile Mural Project (2014-15), a pop-up community art project which facilitated the public in creating site specific murals about memories of place. In 2016-2017, she organized Rad Fresno State Women, Fresno State's first on-campus public art project and exhibition. Teresa worked with students to teach skills in the service of highlighting the accomplishments of Fresno State/women in their community. Her studio practice includes drawing, painting and video 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. Teresa has taught Visual Culture at California State University, Fresno and for the Armory Center for the Arts in Pasadena. She studied at CSU Fresno and Fresno City College, and holds an MFA in Public Practice from Otis College of Art and Design.
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