Gabrielle Teschner lives and works in Richmond, VA. She received a BFA in Sculpture from Virginia Commonwealth University and an MFA in Sculpture in the San Francisco Bay Area from California College of the Arts. Her artwork is in collections nationally and internationally including the De Young Museum in San Francisco, Facebook HQ in Menlo Park, Google San Francisco, the Ritz Carlton Washington D.C., Goodtime Hotel Miami, Soho House Istanbul and Soho House Malibu.
Teschner’s flat sculptures are composed of stitched, individually painted planes. She uses the symbolic language of architectural forms and natural forces to demonstrate the expressive power of spatial relationships.
“I call the works on fabric ‘Sculpture That is Flat.’ They are a way of working and thinking through three-dimensionality, and the spatial concerns of sculpture and architecture.
The sculptures can be seen from the back, and their construction is easily revealed. They are pieced together of parts—painted individually, sewn, and pressed flat. I use this particular material process so that the planes of the composition are tied to one another, establishing an equilibrium between objects and the space that surrounds them.
The composition is broken and misaligned, but the three-dimensional form is nonetheless suggested by the shading of its planes. Cubes and bricks are forms that I return to because they represent what is elemental in the building of greater structures. I am influenced by the surfaces of buildings, experimenting with different colors to see how they change perception of material and dimension, temperature and weight.
I believe that true representation is abstraction. Our experience of the world is not confined to a single vantage point. Our relationship to objects is never fixed. I am moving, they are moving.” – Gabrielle Teschner