A writer turned visual artist, Thérèse Murdza began drawing big words on giant rolls of paper circa 2000. Using an animated range of circles, lines, and colors, she continued her work onto stretched canvas, eventually building her signature bright, richly textured paintings. Her musical training remains an influence: ‘I am keenly aware of the precise and imprecise moments of sound-making, shapemaking, emotion, and contact -- not so concerned with narrating the beginnings and the ends, but in opening up the middles. Making marks within the potent middle of things. With you. Yes, you. Do you see? We are in this thing together.’
"Before I could tie my own shoes, I played a small accordion. I studied piano, saxophone, then jazz and music theory at an otherwise limited Maryland public high school. In college, I studied theater performance, learning new forms of materializing sounds in transitory space. I acted, directed, and wrote poetry and plays. After graduation I distilled my writing further, in search of the precise moments of emotion and of contact. Not narrating the beginnings and ends, but middles; the being in the middle of things. Years spent in Rehoboth beach, DE, Brooklyn, NY and Washington, DC had me drawing on big paper and literally taking the words apart. Disintegrating the shapes of the words into lines, circles, squares and color. Hearing words, seeing music, somehow marking sound in charcoal, ink, pencil, and paint. Since 2000, I’ve worked almost exclusively on stretched canvas, in turns building large, multi-paneled works on canvas, and smaller works on canvas and - more recently - ink and watercolor works on paper. From my studio in Portland, Oregon, I partner with gallerists, design professionals, art agents, and private clients to place my paintings nationwide."