Teresa Grimaldi : Profile

A visual artist crossing forms of installation , puppet and performance


Teresa Grimaldi was born on the Isle of Wight in 1966 into a family of ice cream vendors. She studied a Degree in Theatre Design, then went on to work as a freelance designer for 2 years before she decided to study for a Puppetry postgraduate diploma at Central School of Speech and Drama and an MA in Visual Performance at Dartington College of Arts.
Teresa Grimaldi has participated in group and solo shows in the UK, Norway and Italy and her art works have appeared in galleries , theatres and journals internationally. She is currently living and working on the Isle of Wight. She had her first major UK solo show at Quay Arts, Isle of Wight in May - June 2009.
Crossing forms of materials, puppets and installation Teresa Grimaldi works both individually and collaboratively. Past professional collaborations have included Yinka Shonibare, Uninvited Guests, theatre rites and DNA Theatre Company.
She also collaborates with her sister Catherine, a children’s book illustrator. As ‘TheSistersGrim’ they bring Catherine’s books to life through interactive children’s installations. They were recently commissioned by Portsmouth City Museum to produce an artists response to celebrate a child’s journey from 0-5.
Teresa is an experienced arts educator.
Her workshop practice is especially focused on the early years, where she has found an affinity with the creativity of this age range, which sits nicely with her own spontaneity and interest in the story. A key element of her practice involves continuing action research into creativity and the under 5’s with particular reference to the Reggio Emilia Approach to children’s learning. She has contributed to in depth Pilot projects ; Artsplay- a one year under 5s pilot on the Isle of Wight (2000), Devon Artists in Schools ‘Art to Start” Pilot (2006) and as Lead artist with the CreatAbility Project in West Sussex ( 2005-present)
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As a visual/performance artist I am currently using puppets as primary medium for the exploration of object/anima. I am exploring ways of 'animating the archive' through actions with puppets that are not about traditional performance- more about provoking a nostalgic response through exchanges with audiences. I am shifting my practice as puppet-maker into new territories referencing artists such as Susan Hiller, Christian Boltanski and Annette Messenger. I am particularly interested in the relationship of puppet-collector-archive. I am making work that archives children's drawings through live actions of relearning how to draw-write-scribble, channelled through a collection of puppets as animated medium to create new narratives. This practice related directly to my work with under 5's and recontextualises it. Read my cv