Associating and concretising characterise the works of Maria Teresa Crawford Cabral. The process of finding the final picture is determined by random elements – scars on the picture object, colour structures, imprints of the body. Cabral develops poetically surreal paintings from these unspecified circumstances, which remain puzzling in spite of their vividness. They are like a narrative kaleidoscope, which generates uncountable views without decoding the presentation.
Cabral’s picture compositions base on a process, whose results remain open to the end, and in which spontaneity and intuition are the directors. Free from rational considerations and control mechanisms, the composition alone steers the shape of the picture with its own rules and requirements. This is how Cabral’s paintings develop into a crystallisation point of art subconscious, which at the same time is a phenomenon of revealing our presence.
Dr. Sabine Weicherding,
September 2012 ( from the preamble - Associations and concretising -)
1977-1980 Painting at the Academy of Art - Ar.Co Lissabon
1978-1985 University of Lissabon, Studies in Philosophy : Degree: Licenciatura
1994-2002 Graphic-Design at the University of Applied Sciences in Dortmund. Qualification: Diplom
Since 2001; Freelance Artist
Since 2008; Lecturer for nude drawing at the Ruhrakademie in Schwerte
Since 2015; Lecturer for drawing/anatomy at the SAE Institute in Bochum
„A Mãe das Mães“ catalogue: Centro das Artes „Casa das Mudas“, 2008
„Assoziieren und Konkretisieren“, Werkausgabe 2013 / Associations and concretising, edition 2013
Significant solo exhibitions:
„A Mãe das Mães“ – an exhibition of the „Berardo Collection“:
from 06.05.2008 to 06.01.2009 in Casa das Mudas Arts Center / CASA DAS MUDAS, Madeira
from 11.11.2010 to 20.03.2011 in Museum of Modern Art / SINTRA MUSEU DE ARTE MODERNA, Lissabon