dust to dust – November 9, 2011.


My performances pieces are as new to me as they are new to the audience.
I do not rehearse; I prepare for full body contemplation.
Making paintings in the weeks and months preceding
with the medium I will perform with:
dirt, earth pigments, ink, hair, water & watercolor paper leads me
to desire, to want to inhabit the process; to more deeply penetrate an idea.

My heart will pound when I climb from the pigment to perform.
From primordial humus to osmotic independence – I move.
And like in painting I understand the medium’s properties,
its behavior under manipulated conditions.
Moving from one primordial state to another,
my dialogue with that and my feelings for the spot-lit concept will be
a fresh once in life time event.

Laying it all on the line, knowing the construct,
understanding the reactivity of the elements
and entering the performance as an experiment:
Beauty beyond the safe or the proven is what I strive for as a painter.

Life oozed from the ocean and into the earth 2 billon years ago.
ALL living creatures including humans rose from that.
Between the passive moon and the active sun is the earth.
We humans roam free with the pull of the tides still in our organs.

The mess and filth we clean and control is in actual fact stardust.
The Earth is the compacted dust of thousands of exploding stars.

I emerge from the salted mud,
I mark my way across the 30 foot painting surface
leaving my hair and imprints of my form.
From dirt we came and to dirt we shall return and in between is life.
We are custodians of dirt nothing more and nothing less – it is grand job.

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About Theresa

Australian-born, New York based artist Theresa Byrnes began to exhibit her paintings in 1986 at the age of 16. She has had over 30 solo shows at spaces including Saatchi & Saatchi in New York and Sydney, Cristianne Nienaber Contemporary Art NYC and the Australian Embassy in Washington D.C. Theresa’s work is primarily about and is the exploration of natures force. Her performance pieces are described as “wondrous,” “purist,” and “uncompromising,” by London's Daily Mirror. Theresa has performed at Saint Marks Church @ The Bowery and for the Queens Council for the Arts. In 1993 Byrnes was adopted by an Aboriginal community in Arhem Land (Aust.). In 1996, Byrnes was a Young Australian of the Year. She published her autobiography, The Divine Mistake in 1999.She moved from Sydney to New York in 2000 and received Pollock-Krasner awards in 2003 and 2006. Currently The Production company Amala Films in LA are producing a bio-pic based on her book. Byrnes paints in her East Village studio, writes her second memoir and is mother to her toddler son.
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