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. She blurs boundaries between macro and micro viewpoints, and seeks a balance between order and random marks that occur during her creative process. 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 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.
I am invested in the evolution of an artwork during its creation. As I paint, colors and layers change, some elements get pushed back or covered over, while others get pulled to the forefront and reworked. When the painting is finally resolved, it contains a rich and complex history. There is an intellectual approach to my work, but also a very intuitive one. My art practice is a way of creating visual worlds and finding a sense of balance within them. It mirrors the way I attempt to find balance in my own life, appreciating beauty, complexity and even chaos.
I look at a variety of forms and patterns found in nature, being particularly drawn to plants and flowers that signify an ephemeral quality of life. I am interested in scientific perspectives and fascinated by the concept that physical matter is mostly empty space, made of tiny particles constantly in motion. In my work, boundaries are blurred between micro and macro realms, and between representation and abstraction. Drips and lines create a sense of movement and energy. I am interested in the metaphoric possibilities of a painting as a kind of psychic and emotional landscape.
My focus over the years has been on drawing, painting and printmaking, exploring different combinations of these things. I have also expanded with video, collaboration, installation, and public art projects. These endeavors stimulate new ideas and new methods that feed back into my studio practice in a variety of meaningful ways.
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