Praxis International Art is pleased to present “Fly Over” an installation by Teresa Diehl, opening November 29 and running through January 14, 2012.
Fly Over is part one of the trilogy What Lays Beneath; the presence of conflict is eminent; animals become metaphors for what is happening below. We have turned into the predators, acting on the primal instinct to survive, when once we were the hunted, now have become the hunter, going after the mechanical beast.
Teresa Diehl was born in Tannourin, Lebanon; she grew up in Caracas, Venezuela and currently resides in Miami, Florida. She received her BFA degree in Photography at Florida International University in 1985 and an MFA at the San Francisco Art Institute in 1989. Since the late 1990’s her work has explored the fine line that exists between intimacy and discomfort, private and public, pleasures and terrors. Since 2003, her work has focused primarily in video, sound and interactive installations; for Diehl the Art experience involves all the senses. Often returning to Lebanon to reconnect with her birth land, her latest work generates as a direct experience of having been present in Lebanon during the fighting at Naher el Bared in 2007. In 2007, she was the recipient of the South Florida Art Consortium and the SunTrust Endow Teaching Chair from Broward College. In 2011, Diehl’s installations of hand carved glycerine soap and video was presented in “Maria/Maria 1511/2011,” an exhibition that juxtaposed her and other contemporary artists to the etchings of Albrecht Durer, at the Museum Montanelli in Prague.
Teresa Diehl’s work has been exhibited internationally, including: Museum Montanelli – Prague, Czech Republic; Glass Curtain Gallery – Columbia College Chicago, Illinois; Estacionarte – Mexico D.F, Mexico; National Gallery of the Cayman Island – Cayman Island; Art and Culture Center of Hollywood – Hollywood, California; Slocumb Galleries – East Tennesee State University; The Ringling Museum of Art – Sarasota, Florida; Museo de Artes Visuales – Caracas, Venezuela