Terri Friedman’s work examines the dilemma of water as a hybrid art form that explores an impoverished yet complex biology and kinetics. In past kinetic sculptures, colored water moving became painting in perpetual motion. Her recent landscape derived works capture the fluidity, transparency, and reflection of water with paint while addressing the overwhelming and unpredictable power of water to both support and destroy life. Using non-traditional materials, methods, and saccharine palettes, her work questions the artificial boundaries between painting and sculpture (color and form), temporal and permanent, abstract and representational, earnest and ironic, heroic and humble.
Her work has been exhibited nationally as well as internationally including the Orange County Museum of Art Biennial, Santa Monica Museum of Art, Geffen Contemporary (Los Angeles), L.A.C.E., San Jose Museum of Art, Santa Barbara Contemporary Arts Forum, W139 Amsterdam, The Icebox Athens, c/o Gallery Oslo and Pavilions Supermarket in West Hollywood. Her work has been featured in such periodicals as Art in America, Artforum, Los Angeles Times, World Art, and Art and Text.
Her current sculpture and pours explore environmental issues, landscape as metaphor, and bottled water with humor and irreverence. She is working on a book and exhibition that will include established California Artists who are also mothers: “Family Values: a new demographic of Women Artists who value family as well as career.”
Born in Denver, Colorado, Friedman received her B.A. with honors from Brown University and her M.F.A. from Claremont Graduate School. After a decade in Los Angeles, she now resides in El Cerrito, California and teaches at the California College of the Arts in Oakland and San Francisco, California.