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Artist Statement

All of these pieces, with the exception of ‘Run’, come from my series entitled ‘Note to Self’. ‘Note to Self’ is a series of 100 text-based pieces made from hand-cut and sewn letters over the course of nearly 3 years. Originally started as a “100 days” art project on September 1, 2016, it eventually evolved into something else as the timeline continued to expand far beyond what was planned, finally being completed on June 21, 2019 after 1,023 days. This work is the result of the intertwining of a 20+ year diary practice, meditation, and experiments in fibers.

 

‘Run’ is a precursor to the ‘Note to Self’ series. I wanted to challenge myself, someone who appreciates the control and craft of embroidery, to create something more sculptural that relinquished a sense of control. Created during a time when I felt like escaping, I created a poignant narrative using embroidered words that literally flowed off the confines of the fabric itself.

 

For the Pushing Pink show, these pieces all relate to my experience as a woman of color, exploring the ways in which I softly subvert my expected role in society. ‘Of Course I Am Mad’ and ‘Bills Bills Bills’ directly correspond to the harm of white supremacy in the U.S., as well as the general effects of the capitalist society we live in. Through the lens of the harm inflicted by the Pink Tax and gender and sex-based discrimination, these pieces also take on a new meaning. ‘Smart Mouth’ and ‘Very Nice Girl’ are discordant descriptions of me that I have heard from others, and boxes that womxn are constantly being placed into. ‘Sex Death Regeneration,’ ‘How You See Me’ and ‘Can’t Be Everything’ speak to the spirituality and psychological healing that is a necessity for all womxn who endure systemic harm.

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Angelica Sta Teresa

Bills Bills Bills, 2019

Paper and cotton thread on acetate

12” x 9”

 

$150

Angelica Sta Teresa

Can’t Be Everything, 2019 Paper, fabric, and cotton thread on vellum

13.5” x 17.5”

 

$200

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Angelica Sta Teresa

How You See Me, 2019 Paper and cotton thread on vellum 12” x 9”

 

$150

Angelica Sta Teresa

Of Course I Am Mad, 2017 Paper, fabric, and cotton thread on acetate

12” x 9”

 

$150

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Angelica Sta Teresa

Run, 2016

Cotton embroidery floss on cotton fabric

20” x 14”

$200

Angelica Sta Teresa

Sex Death Regeneration, 2018

Paper, fabric, and cotton thread on vellum

9” x 12”

 

$150

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Angelica Sta Teresa

Smart Mouth, 2019 Paper, fabric, and cotton thread on vellum

9” x 12”

 

$150

Angelica Sta Teresa

Very Nice Girl, 2017

Paper, fabric, and cotton thread on acetate

9” x 12”

 

$150

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BIOGRAPHY

Angelica Sta. Teresa is a multi-disciplinary artist based in Seattle, WA. She holds a BA in Interdisciplinary Visual Art from the University of Washington with a focus in Surface Design.

 

Angelica comes from a unique intersectional background as a second generation Filipino-American. Contrary to a lot of quintessential Fil-Am cultural norms, she was encouraged to explore her artistic abilities, which led her to explore music and visual art. After unlearning a lot of limiting views of her work imparted by art institutions, she eventually discovered that her creative endeavors aligned with a deep ancestral connection to textiles, craft, and the natural world. Her study of surface design techniques both at UW and independently led her to briefly study with dyers and weavers in Japan and the Philippines in 2017 and 2019, respectively.

 

She is inspired by the storytelling that textiles offer, and the interplay between tangibility and abstraction in textile patterns. Her work mimics the seemingly solid, shifting, and ineffable nature of the conscious mind, which she began to study more in-depth as a yoga student. Yoga gave her the opportunity to put words to thought processes she expressed through visual art. Having kept a diary since the age of 5, the practice of writing, meditation, and reflective statements began to weave into her fiber art through her most recent series entitled Note to Self.

 

Angelica has a dyed clothing business, teaches yoga, and enjoys singing.

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