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.
Teresa Solar studied Fine Arts in Madrid and later graduated with an MA in Cultural Studies from UEM (Universidad Europea de Madrid).
Recent solo shows include ‘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 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.
She was a fellow at Akademie Schloss Solitude in Stuttgart and a Finalist at the Rolex Mentor & Protégé initiative, both in 2016. In 2018 she took part in the expedition “The Current” organized by TBA21-Academy and she conducted the workshop ‘White Whale, Palace of a Thousand Courtyards’, at Tabakalera San Sebastián. She took part in KölnSkulptur #9 curated by Chus Martínez in Cologne (2017-2019). In 2021 she took part in the Liverpool Biennial curated by Manuela Moscoso with a public art installation at Exchange Flags titled ‘Osteoclast’.
Teresa Solar lives and works in Madrid, Spain.