Massachusetts
Profile Type: Artist
Artist
Tereza

My work centers on integration with the so-called 'other.' For example, in the American Nightmare series, I combine ICE agents with children crossing the Mexican border. Born under the Communist regime, I question power, especially of a seemingly 'given' hierarchy. 

 

In the most recent projects, Corona Reset and Touchstone, I question my hierarchical framework. What is my focus for the day, and why is the subject matter important? It is an every day painting process since lockdown, images from the studio, from the morning headlines, breakfast. Politics inextricably intertwine. 

 

In Touchstone, part of The Immigrant Artist Biennial, I engage the community and ask those affected by Covid to email me photos of loved ones they need to hold, either in grief or while in the hospital. In an era in which hundreds of thousands of people are dying, Touchstone reconsiders the death and mourning processes. Daily news tolls the numbers, which represent something unimaginable. To make the loss tangible and bring Covid's death' home,' I ask participants to share in the grieving captured by these works, even as we distance physically. For me, the intimacy of painting flips distancing. Of course, surviving Covid in the US may be far easier than surviving the police and systemic racism: As a collective grieving, I also paint those that have been massacred at the hands of the police and migrants that remain unnamed.

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Contact Information

First Name: 
Tereza
Job Title/Position: 
Artist
Mailing Address: 
16 Millett Rd.
Swampscott, MA 01907
Physical Address: 
16 Millett Rd.
Swampscott, MA 01907
Last Name: 
Swanda
Phone: 
2068996762

About

Profile Type: 
Artist
Primary Discipline: 
Visual/Crafts - Experimental
Additional Disciplines: 
Humanities - Art History & Criticism
Visual/Crafts - Carving
Visual/Crafts - Illustration / Drawing
Visual/Crafts - Installation
Visual/Crafts - Painting
Visual/Crafts - Sculpture
Visual/Crafts - Stone
Year Founded: 
2021
Populations Served: 
Adults
Businesses
Elders
Families
General Public
Immigrant Populations
Nonprofits
Languages Available: 
Italian
Institution/Business Type: 
Artist (Individual)
Activities and Services: 
Art Sales
Arts for Social Change / Creative Activism
Arts Instruction / Lessons
Community Arts
Creation of a Work of Art (Including Commissions)
Exhibitions
Portfolio Review
Professional Development / Training
Public Art Projects (In Free, Public Spaces)
Residency - Other
Virtual Events
Workshops / Demonstrations / Master Class
Geographic Reach: 
Town / City
Multi-State Region
National
International