Temple Terkildsen, artist statement
Collective dreams, arcane symbolism, shadow work, alchemy of the soul, ancient
rituals, reconnection of the human with the divine, the sacred experience of
living consciously within each moment: these are the themes that drive me to
paint, collage, and sculpt.
I graduated from San Jose State University in 1996, with a BA in General Studio Practice where I focused on glass and metal sculpture. My process has grown out of metal and glass three dimensional work, and I now work primarily in two dimensional collage and oil painting.
The summer of 2006, I became a certified Bob Ross oil painting instructor, and it significantly shifted how I approach painting and my tools. Major accomplishments include having two glass pieces in the Red Cloud Heritage Center Museum and two collage pieces in the permanent collection of International Museum of Collage, Assemblage and Construction.
I am a member of the Scary-Art Collective, American Craft Council, IUOMA, Universal Life Church and Moonlight River Ministries.
Contact me for information on the private collections containing my works.
Current influences include Nicolas Caesar (lifelong friend and collaborator), SacredSnatch, Joseph Cornell, Aleph Kali, Jill Stafford, subversivejewelry, David Best, Sofia Coppola, Lustmord, Wes Anderson, Mario Bava, Kevin Lewis, Pillmouth.