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Bekka Teerlink

Magical realist paintings

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art by somerville artistBekkaTeerlink titledNews from Planet Earth
News from Planet Earth Acrylic on Canvas 30x30
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Artist's Statement

My paintings are visual poems. I’m not trying to capture a pretty landscape or moment in time- what I’m trying to do is combine ordinary, often-overlooked elements from my world to show them in a new way. My paintings are always grounded in my own experience, to go outside of that would feel false to me. I want to convey the essence of what I’m seeing, feeling, and experiencing in a visual metaphorical language.
My work is always conscious of being an individual living within the context of a pandemic, climate crisis, racial injustice and political instability- and there is always an element of using art as a way to process what is happening. Most of the elements in my paintings are taken from immediate surroundings- I collect images and details everywhere I go. I walk and bike everywhere which gives me a close connection to my location, seasons, the weather, and subtle changes I see each year. I also am preoccupied by the concept of home-  I’ve recently become a homeowner with a small garden, but this came after a life of moving many times and never having a permanent connection to a single place.
I take all of these things I notice and observe and weave them into an imagined scene. I want the final image to have a haunting quality, one that leaves the viewer with questions and multiple possible interpretations.

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