Terry Ekasala (b. 1962, Weymouth, MA) is a Vermont based abstract artist. Terry set up her first studio in 1983 in an abandoned frame shop in the Clay Hotel and Youth Hostel on Espanola Way in Miami Beach, Florida.
Throughout the eighties she was a member of the Artifacts Art Collective in Miami, staging events at the hot 80’s nightclub “Fire and Ice” and opening a gallery on the corner of Lincoln and Michigan, Miami Beach.
In 1987 Terry visited Paris for the second time and decided to stay. For the first few years she worked as a cook in a Tea Salon, all the while painting in her tiny apartment. In 1990 she set up studio in Belleville, Paris’ colorful 20th Arrondissement at La Forge, a diverse artist community of varied nationalities. She painted here for the next eleven years. During her Paris years she exhibited in personal and group shows in Berlin and New York City as well as local shows in France.
In 2001 she moved her life and studio to the Northeast Kingdom in Vermont. Her son was born in 2004, a few years later she found a dream studio space in the woods of West Burke, Vermont where she currently works.
What does your work aim to say?
Generally I don't aim to say anything with my work, I have been working abstract in an intuitive manor, almost as a meditation hoping to arrive at a pleasing image that feels good. Once a painting is done, often I am surprised by the feeling I get, like I unintentionally revealed something personal about myself. This being said, I recently and again unintentionally began to incorporate representation in my paintings and in in the past few weeks, the female figure. The first one, a woman seated with a grey body, green leg, face almost like a blob with dull charcoal circles as eyes. It was evident to me I was directly relaying my sentiments about the treatment of women that has been coming out with the #metoo movement! It started me on a series of female nudes in provocative positions, as in "women as objects" I love that people are rising up and speaking out about this!
What advantages and/or disadvantages are there for female artists?
This work came naturally from my personal feelings on this subject and as contradictory as it may sound, I don't like to focus on being a woman artist or on what disadvantages woman artists have in the art world. I like to be seen and recognized along side all the other artists who continue to practice their passion!
Burke - Northeast Kingdom of Vermont - USA