Theresa Harsma is a mixed media artist. She studied art at Sioux Falls College and Minnesota State University and has taken numerous classes on bookbinding, paper making, and painting techniques.
Harsma is inspired by being outdoors and by working with the “stuff” she collects, such as bottle caps, lids, reused paper, plastic bags, tea bags, wire, stone and beads.
"I love elevating the status of the ordinary, found, and “trashy” into something extraordinary."
Harsma’s work was shown most recently at Hudson (WI) Hospital Healing Arts (2015, juried); Paradise Center for the Arts, Faribault, MN (2014, 2012, both juried); Waseca (MN) Art Center (2013, invited); and Northfield (MN) Arts Guild (2011, juried). Awards include selection for an Artist/Poet Collaboration at Waseca (MN) Art Center (2013) and Original Works Grants from Southeastern MN Arts Council, Rochester, MN (2009, 2007).
As an artist, I have an ongoing dialogue with each art piece-what materials work, where to place a shape or a color, what will the next piece be? All material-whether reused paper, plastic bags, window screen, bottle caps, lids, or a tea bag have their place and appeal.
As I listen and observe, the mystery unfolds as I stitch these elements together. The often surprising results elevates the status of the ordinary, found, and “trashy” into something extraordinary.