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 on the board.
Terri has received numerous grants and awards, including three Center for Chemical Evolution project grants, two 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).
As an artist, I am interested in the beauty and complexity of the natural world, especially its structures, patterns and cycles. Through gestural marks and organic forms, I make reference to the landscape around us, and also the emotional landscape within. Dots and lines are among the most basic visual marks, and I see them as metaphors for the elemental particles that make up everything, always in motion and evolving. Each painting becomes its own dramatic world where visual elements are emerging and moving through time and space. I want to put the emphasis on verbs more than nouns, creating a sense of energy and movement, yet also maintaining a sense of balance.
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. For me, the process reflects how every moment is ephemeral.
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