Unfinished takes its name from a series by Carolyn Shasha of unfinished portraits of individuals who passed away from COVID-19 (taken from the New York Times COVID obituary series). Juxtaposed with abstract watercolor paintings they represent human life tragically cut short. Rebirth, the second half of this exhibition painted by Tereza Swanda examines a continuum reconsidering death. Swanda pushes the boundaries of drawing and painting to trace the action of being alive and contemplates our interconnection.
Carolyn Shasha is an artist and scientist living in Seattle, Washington. She has a PhD in physics from the University of Washington and now works as a data scientist at Fred Hutchinson Cancer Research Center. Her art features a mix of representational drawing and abstract watercolor, with underlying themes of nature and science.
Most recently, Tereza’s project Touchstone was included in The Immigrant Artist Biennial/ Mother Tongue, a virtual exhibition based in NYC. Her 2019 exhibitions include a curatorial project, Unredacted, bringing 10 artists together who acknowledged the political post-truth world, as artists and activists, and shined a light on sustained inequities offering more humane alternatives. In 2018 Swanda with artists, Ingrid Pichler and Fletcher Boote, created a site-specific installation at the greenhouse of the Emily Dickinson Museum: a meditation on suspension through color and sound. She also received the A.R.T. Fund award creating, Capital Cleanse, which was a rogue installation at the Metropolitan Museum of Art. Swanda holds an MFA from Vermont College of Fine Arts and BFA in Painting and Sculpture from Massachusetts College of Art and Design.
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