Teresa Solar’s imaginary is based on the morphology of speech and, by extension, of thought. Concepts such as resistance, insulation, tightness and immunity are developed through a multidisciplinary production focused on sculpture and drawing and based on the creation of multi-layered narratives. Throat, pore, hatch, tongue, pipe, her pieces are populated with connotations of connectivity and flow. Hers is a practice full of words and full of organs that create words: a talkative work that doubts itself but nevertheless wants to talk.
In recent years, Solar has developed large-format installations in which families of sister sculptures vary in shape and size, creating complex ecosystems of thought. The reflection about the great stories of progress in contemporary society are opposed to micro-narratives that have to do with her own body: sports injuries, stuttering and daily transits through her city are a fundamental part of the expressive sphere of the creator.
The artist takes up the space with pieces of very different size and materiality: clay, found objects and human symbols coexist in her work. Teresa Solar approaches these relationships from an organic sensibility, as if they were bodily functions, but she also accentuates the complex system of relationships in the industrial world, where hybrid forms of existence that combine organic and synthetic properties are constantly being produced. The work with ceramics is especially relevant in her production, the artist interprets the clay as a metaphor for the relationship of mankind with the geological mantle on which our civilizations lay and thus creates, through the intrinsic insulating qualities of the material, cavernous systems with which to tell stories of self-protection and isolation. In fact, in contrast to the raw, organic exteriors, the interiors are delicately finished and clad in bright colors reminiscent of miners’ overalls or sprays used to mark new tunnels in the underground darkness.
She is currently part of the 59th International Art Exhibition of La Biennale di Venezia The Milk of Dreams, curated by Cecilia Alemani. Future projects also include a solo exhibition at CA2M, curated by Tania Pardo and a group show at Collegium, Arévalo, curated by Chus Martínez. Her work is currently part of the group show Abundant Futures, from TBA21 Collection, curated by Daniela Zyman at C3A, Córdoba; as well as part of Fondazione Sandretto’s Young Curators Residency Programme in Spain group show Si las palabras hablaran / If words could talk in Madrid.
In 2021 she took part in the Liverpool Biennial curated by Manuela Moscoso with a public art installation at Exchange Flags titled ‘Osteoclast’. She took part in KölnSkulptur #9 curated by Chus Martínez in Cologne (2017-2019).
Recent solo shows include ‘Time of worms’ at Galeria Joan Prats in Barcelona, curated by Julia Morandeira; ‘Big Mouth, within Boundaries, Oozing out’ in 1946, The Hague; ‘Formas de fuga’ at Travesía Cuatro Madrid; ‘Pumping Station’ at Travesía Cuatro CDMX, Mexico; ‘Ride, Ride, Ride’ at Matadero Madrid and Index Foundation, Stockholm and ‘Flotation Line’ at Der TANK, Institut Kunst in Basel. She has taken part in group shows at Pinchuk Foundation, Kiev; Museo de Arte Abstracto, Cuenca, Spain; Centro Conde Duque, Madrid; Casal Solleric, Palma de Mallorca, Spain; Museo Patio Herreriano, Valladolid, Spain; CA2M, Madrid; Haus der Kunst, Münich, Fundación Marcelino Botín, Santander; Maxxi, Rome; General Public in Berlin; Kunstverein München; CA2M, Madrid and La Casa Encendida, Madrid.
Teresa Solar lives and works in Madrid, Spain.