Terry Boutelle

MFA ’13 Fine Arts Low-Residency

My current painting practice includes conceptual approaches to the present geopolitical world, exploring the forces that are changing our planet and driving migration. 

Working with acrylic and mixed media, I like to push the potential of the materials.  Layering paint with collage, relief, non-traditional materials and found objects, I build up the surface of the picture plane.  I might use plaster, fabric, paper, papier mache, polyethylene foam, found objects, and other materials to create a contoured and varied surface.  Although the paintings are content-driven, I also wrestle with the issues of form and color until I’m satisfied that there is a rhythm and beauty to the final work. My hope is that viewers will approach the work with curiosity, and in exploring the visual qualities, reflect on the more urgent content.

Terry is a Boston-based artist and teacher.  She holds an MFA from the MassArt Low Residency Program at the Fine Arts Work Center in Provincetown.  Solo exhibits include: “Counting Breaths” at the Koussevitzky Gallery at Berkshire Community College, “Remembrance” at Andover Newton Theological School, “A Forest in Mind” at the Arnold Arboretum of Harvard University. Her studio is at the Mother Brook Arts Center in Dedham, MA.