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'Fairytale' - 4 colour plate Lithograph printed on BFK Rives paper (Size: 22 by 27 Inches) - 2015 - (Image size:23 by 16 Inches) - Unframed


Fairytale Print - Limited Edition of 10

Tessa Teixeira

South Africa

Printmaking, Lithograph on Paper

Size: 22 W x 29.9 H x 0.1 D in

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About The Artwork

My artwork reflects on thoughts around existential philosophy, ecology and climate change. 'Fairytale' is a 4 colour plate Lithograph printed on BFK Rives paper. I created this particular piece because it resonated with ideas put forward by Ernest Becker in his book, ' Denial of death' where he suggests ' The idea of death, the fear of it, haunts the human animal like nothing else; it is a mainspring of human activity - activity designed largely to avoid the fatality of death, to overcome it by denying in some way that it is the final destiny for man'. We are living in the Anthropocene age, where human activity dominates and tries to control nature, losing sight as field Ecologist, Dr Stephen Woodley postulates' We are part of nature and we do not exist without it. If biodiversity disappears, so do people'. I chose a Lithograph to express this work, because the tension between water and oil, demonstrates how we need to learn to co-operate with nature, not control it.

Details & Dimensions

Printmaking:Lithograph on Paper

Artist Produced Limited Edition of:10

Size:22 W x 29.9 H x 0.1 D in

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Tessa Teixeira completed a Bachelor’s in Primary Education, majoring in Art, in 1991 through the University of the Witwatersrand, in Johannesburg, South Africa and her self-portrait was kept by the Arts Department. In her twenties and thirties, she was extensively involved in projects addressing access to housing in lower Income sectors, she started an NGO and raised the money to build two schools for primary school children who were receiving tuition under trees, and worked for The Mineworkers Development Agency, the development wing of The National Union of Mineworkers, addressing rural development, economic needs in South Africa. In 2006 she started actively focusing on her Art practice, and embarked on various short Art development programs in San Francisco in the USA and London in 2010 and 2011. She returned to Johannesburg at the end of 2011 and has been developing her practice and work focused on Existential Philosophy and Ecology – Climate narratives, aligned to Mixed Media, Painting, Installation, and Printmaking. Since 2012, she has exhibited, auctioned, and sold work for private collections, in Local and International group shows, and some exhibitions include: ‘1.5 Degrees’ in Berlin, Germany (2021),‘Optimism’ Endless Editions Biennial in New York (2018), ‘Art of Lithography’ - The University of the Witwatersrand Museum (WAM) and a Solo show - ‘Nothing stands still’ - Johannesburg Holocaust & Genocide Centre (2018) For previous Exhibition platforms and Professional development, refer to her comprehensive CV on and her profile on

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