Exhibit Title: "Lost Wonderment of the Circus"- The Art of Theresa Disney
Dates: May 9th- July 27th, 2018. Opening Reception May 11th from 6-8 pm.
“Come one, come all!” Experience the magic and whimsy that is the “Lost Wonderment of the Circus,” an exhibit featuring the playful and light-hearted works of artist Theresa Disney. Meet colorful characters like the ring master, a fortune teller, the snake-charmer along with a zany mix of clowns, elephants, and monkeys. Let your imagination take a step back in time to an era of pure fun and escapism brought to life by Theresa Disney’s folk art-inspired pieces.
Artist Bio: Theresa Disney
Theresa Disney is a lifetime creator and a lifelong artist who works from her home studio in St. Louis’ Clifton Heights neighborhood. The city of St. Louis has been the habitat of her imagination since she began creating art professionally in 1988.
Categorized as a folk artist, but never one to be satisfied with labels or confines, Disney describes herself as a visual storyteller. Her subject matter plays with character and the evocation of narrative; the textures and suggestiveness of the objects used in her creations inform their meaning. Well-known for her vivid colors and irreverent take on a wide variety of topics- from saints to sinners, from friendship to love, Disney is inspired by objects, experience, sentiments, architecture, and oblique story-telling.
Those familiar with her work see her fresh sense of humor coupled with her sometimes irreverent take on a variety of conventions in her art. She works across media forms and temporality, time, and the denial or reversal of time are themes that are omnipresent. From complex installation pieces to paintings, and 3D sculptures, Disney’s body of work is unparalleled, yet unpretentious. Her art is thought-provoking, warm, inviting, heartfelt, and accessible