A line disintegrates into a smudge, which then blends into a new color, while an opposing stroke swipes across the canvas with ferocity. Teri Dryden works from such an intuitive, emotional creative spark that her paintings can only be seen as Abstract Expressionism, but, as with many such artists, the phrase seems limiting and only useful for academic discussion. The Museum Of Modern Art describes it this way: “The varied work produced by the Abstract Expressionists resists definition as a cohesive style; instead, these artists shared an interest in using abstraction to convey strong emotional or expressive content.”
That explanation certainly would seek to capture Dryden’s own action painting, with vigorous marks and color choices that invite the viewer to read a confluence of emotions applied to the canvas with a modicum of intellectual framework. “Echo” feels sunny and optimistic, full of hope, while “Twist and Shout” explores anxious energy in restricted release.
“My artwork is process oriented. I begin each picture with a line. I have no specific outcome in mind. I respond to the changes in the painting as I explore and interact with materials by layering paint and paper, scratching, sanding and marking, creating open spaces, altering and adjusting. I move between intuition and logic, chaos and order. Being aware and open, taking risks with the materials, as well as the struggle itself allows me to have a more meaningful painting experience and often leads to a greater self-awareness. My goal is to create work that is authentic and genuine.”
Dryden is currently part of a group show called "Mix it Up", New Work by Gallery Artists at New Editions Gallery in Lexington, now through October 2016.
Hometown: Annapolis, MD
Education: Towson University
Gallery Representative: View Gallery (Jackson, MS); New Editions, (Lexington, KY); B. Deemer (Louisville, KY)
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Written by Keith Waits. Entire contents copyright © 2016 Louisville Visual Art. All rights reserved.