Terra Goolsby

Artist statement

Inspired by Mythology, Goolsby’s investigations explore the contingencies of transformation, particularly in the event that dichotomies have been fused. Polarities such as life and death, permanency and change, as well as creation and destruction create a larger contextual frame work that discusses impermanence and time.  These transformative reconciliations are surveyed through studio processes that consist of material break-down and manipulation, creating objects that foster dual aesthetics. This re-configuring of everyday objects and material is a studio ritual that changes the form, the function, the value, and the content, of the object, permanently, while still harboring qualities of the materials former object-hood. Goolsby’s work plays with changing equilibriums in material properties and recreates objects in regenerative acts of material destruction.

Artist Biography

Terra Goolsby is a Texas based artist and curator. She attended the Rhode Island School of Design where she acquired a MFA in Sculpture and remained a Presidential Scholar for the duration of her stay. She also conducted independent research at Brown University and completed the Harriet W. Sheridan Center collegiate teaching Program at Brown. During this time, her artwork was installed at the Harvard Natural History Museum and the Sackler Gallery as part of a study about the interpretation of art in different contexts. She also attended the University of Texas at Austin where she earned a BFA in painting and sculpture.  She was an artist in residence at West Dean College of Sussex University in Chichester, England where she was awarded the Edward James Fellowship for her stay. She has also been an artist in residence at the Vermont Studio Center and I-Park Foundation in New Hampshire.  She was also the founder and lead curator of the non-profit organization Open Doors for five years. She currently lives in Austin, Texas. Her work has been exhibited in Texas, England, New York, Rhode Island, Boston, and Connecticut.


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