Terri Dilling is painter and printmaker who explores the beauty and complexity of the natural world with a focus on its structures, patterns and cycles. Terri received a BA from Indiana University, a BFA Georgia State University, and has also studied visual arts in England, Spain, and Italy. Travels abroad have been very influential on her work. After being awarded a 2005 residency at the Caversham Centre in South Africa, she revived printmaking in her own practice, and was also inspired to become more active in her community. She joined the effort to found the Atlanta Printmakers Studio, and currently serves as president.
Terri has received numerous grants and awards, including two Center for Chemical Evolution project grants, Art on the Beltline project grants, a Hambidge Center Residency Fellowship, and an Atlanta Office of Cultural Affairs collaborative artist grant. She has been featured in a variety of publications including Fresh Paint Magazine, Studio Visit Magazine, New American Paintings, and FORM: Artistic Independence. Her work is in many collections around the world, including the Museum of Contemporary Art of Georgia, Fulton County Arts Council, Fidelity Investments (Boston), UPS (Atlanta), Four Seasons Hotel (Marrakech, Morocco), Conrad Hilton (Hong Kong), JW Marriott (Ankara, Turkey), and ANA Okayama Hotel (Okayama, Japan). Terri is represented in Atlanta by Mason Fine Art.
As an artist, I am interested in the beauty and complexity of the natural world, especially its structures, patterns and cycles. My compositions contain gestural marks and organic forms that evoke plants, flowers and other biological systems. They also refer to the micro realm of atoms and molecules, reacting with each other and bonding to form more complex shapes and clusters. Dots and lines are among the most basic visual marks, and I see them as metaphors for these elemental particles that make up everything. Each artwork becomes its own world where visual elements are emerging and evolving, moving through time and space. I want to put the emphasis on verbs more than nouns, creating a sense of energy, growth and movement.
I am intrigued by the transformation of an artwork during its creation, with actions and reactions that occur along the way. Some elements get pushed back and covered over, while others are pulled forward, and when a painting is finally complete, it contains a rich history. My approach to making art is both intellectual and intuitive. The results are very personal, and reflect the way I attempt to find order and balance in the chaotic flow of my own life.
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