Teresa Ribeiro filled herself of stardust, tore out the canvas of dreams and contrasts, projecting the colour and shape of things in the infinite spaces of a personal lyricism. As if with matter and her own guts, she had sewn the polyphony of shades of the Milky Way. Alchemist of the poetic synthesis and dreams in metaphorical allusions of colour, the canvas in the hands of Teresa Ribeiro is a harp of matter where she wovens the golden veils of Jason's treasure. In the three-dimensionality of volumes, her unique aesthetic vision of the spirit of things and the body ripped from her soul the world of colour she wore hidden inside her. The swift and nervous fingers of the painter transport us to dreamy suns and galaxies in the search for truth that the Chinese proverb of, not imitate nature but working with it, defines so well.
However, only by underlining the aspect of taste, the exceptional visual quality of staves was left unnoticed. Teresa Ribeiro took notice of that characteristic of the musical text and decided to use it in her arrangements, incorporating it in the canvas, adding paint and other materials and designs. An interesting and fruitful 'marriage' in which the betrothed live together without cancelling each other. A short but vigorous pallet and rare words fit for the subject, such as fugue, adagio or sounds, assist these musical landscapes that may appear to us very near or sidelined due to the interposition of foolscap paper in a deliberately disturbing game of near and far, to which the embossed of the collages gives a geographic completeness. In the bigger paintings, the painting seems to muffle the music. One could say the strength of paint overcomes the sounds, rebelling against them. In the smaller ones, the balance is almost perfect, the unity is almost complete and the junction benefits both arts. The painting takes another direction with the addition of the written musical notes, for they gain a new meaning: the melody, the tone, harmony and rhythm they carry are given to the layman by the painter, adding to the written music another more intelligible form: the pictorial. Assured of the techniques and materials she uses, the 'alchemist of colour and shape' as we called her before - and of sounds, from now on - Teresa Ribeiro weaves webs between subjects, merging them, widening their extent, smudging apparent antagonisms and creating a particular symbiotic art, capable of long developments.
Miguel Barbosa - Spacial poetry in Teresa Ribeiro's art
Exhibit in the Diário de Notícias Gallery