Living on the shores of Paint Lake in northern Manitoba, in an unapologetic feral lifestyle, teresa burrows has seen an fine art and craft career, generously supportred by the Manitoba Arts Council and the Canada Council for the Arts and numerous curators. My art work (paint, photography, mixed media and glass beadwork) has been in international, national, provincial and regional arts exhibitions.
Throughout the 20+ years, my art has been involved in lives and issues of women, identifying and exploring themes of isolation, suicide, abuse, violence, sexuality, self esteem and other mental health experiences. These works are layered with personal and societal histories, mythology and fairytales and collected pieces of northern Manitoba
I have spent 15 years creating glass beadworks. The works start as photographic digital art templates. Many obsessive hours have gone into completion of these creations.I often work on a number of pieces over years. I hope to draw the audience into the intimacy of the medium, tiny pieces of glass sewn together. I want to showcase a mastery of colour and design that moves the work beyond a history of decoration into a contemporary vision and narrative. As a recipient of confidential conversations and confessions, the works often reveal as enigmatic portraits and self portraits. My images created in glass are allowed to live in surreal chaos-whatever reality exists behind the disparate, allowing the view but not necessarily defining it-allowing the audience to question their perceptions and incorporate their own experiences.