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Born in Hamburg (Germany) in 1988.
Lives and works between Leipzig (Germany) and Montreal (Canada).

Theresa Möller's colourful and complex paintings explore the intricacies of nature. Her landscapes are reminiscent of existing landscapes of undergrowth, marshland and hedged farmland, but they are also fantasised places, unrealized by associations of bright colours, giving the image of a luxuriant, untamed and imaginary nature.

Image above: Reflexion, 2022. Oil and acrylic on canvas. 190 x 240 cm

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A Wanderer in the wilderness


A wander in the wilderness is what my first experience with Theresa Möller's paintings felt like. A journey that took me past many details in textures, shades of light and gradations of colour. As someone who grew up next to the forest and enjoys spending hours in it, I feel an immediate connection to Möller's work. We have the opportunity to activate our senses in unforeseen ways when we are a visitor in the forest. Forests are symbioses of different material forces, including plants, trees, insects and other species, which both influence and shape each other. The rela­tional dynamics between each force is important for the coexistence of the forest as a whole. lt is a vibrant space, defined by its harmony within the chaos. The forest therefore can never be one-sided, and cannot be perceived from one perspective. Like the com­plexity of the forest, Möller's works offer a similar per­ceptual experience that mimics the multi-layered structure of it. The paintings reveal the surface and texture of the forest in its full potential, filled with light, tactility and a balanced chaos.

Painting as a constant flux


Möller begins her paintings by throwing acrylic paint on the canvas that is lying on the ground, often starting with one or two colours. After applying these accidentai layers of paint to the canvas, she then moves the canvas with both hands allowing the paint to drip and roll, sliding across the fiat surface. lt is a way of pushing the paint to its limit, working with the force of gravity while creating a constant flux of material that gradually evolves across the canvas. There is no certainty in this approach, the form is never fixed and spreads out in different directions, like flowers that pop up when the rain has fallen and the sun has shone on them. After this process of movement and blossoming, Möller seeks for places on the canvas where something can still be revealed. She then begins to fill these "openings" by painting trees and leaves with oil paint, creating a new layer on the surface. The trees cross the canvas in all directions, but always in linear lines. The boundaries between the background and the foreground become clear and a dynamic movement emerges taking the viewer's perception in many directions. The contrast created by this layering gives shape to new forms that are created by the blending and mapping of the two layers. Each line creates a new form, each form offers depth. Sorne of the layers she brushes away with sponges, so that a translucent layer emerges, leaving visible what has been painted underneath. These translucent layers add another layer of depth and spacious light to the painting, like a misty cloud that appears in the morning when the sun rises. Whereas her earlier works focus more on the geometry and graphic forms found in moun­tains or urban landscapes, her more recent work (such as Branches 2021, Grain 2021, Structure 2021 or Nexus 2020) bring together fragments. These fragments are of nature, she is blending them or erasing them, and then adding layers of quick brush­strokes or dots of colour that are playful, disruptive and ambivalent. The brushstrokes appear like imagi­nary leaves or insects flying over the surface, affect­ed by the wind that carries them along. They are dancing on the canvas creating a flowing dreamlike image.

When l look at all these layers, I feel the care that Möller devotes to each layer of depth - every area is carefully filled with new details and stratifica­tions of colour, but have arisen organically. To the artist, it is also about the process of time, waiting for the paint to dry, then adding another layer, before adjusting and re-applying new layers. This method requires working with and understanding the quality of pigment, tone, texture and grain. The sense of harmony created through the working of the struc­tures and forms demonstrates the wild and exciting potential of paint, away from a traditional brush. Möller finds a harmony in chaos, in playfulness, in light and darkness and it is this that make the works so challenging to observe. With all those layers, with paint moving in all different directions, the works reveal a continuous process of discovery, of becoming rather than being.

Colours as a language


One of the main elements that make the vibrant paintings of Möller so intriguing is her constant play with colour. Her intricate compositions reflect the incredible complexity of painting with the vast array of palette used. She mixes the deep depths of blue and turquoise with bright shades such as violet, pink and orange. The contrasting colours simultaneously emphasise each other whilst giving the painting greater intensity and depth. These explorations of colour bring to the front the constant flux and energy that is a vivid signature for all her works.


When looking at Möller's work, I am reminded of the Ukrainian-born French artist Sonia Delaunay (1885-1979), who in her work sought colour combi­nations that couId evoke a multitude of possible interpretations and create simultaneous meanings. Delaunay's paintings are composed of contrasting or complementary colours that interlock or overlap in patches. By perfectly allowing the placement of colour on the canvas, both movement and energy are created. This technique would later be coined as Orphism by French poet Guillaume Apollinaire in 1912. For Delaunay, the process of exploring colours involved discovering harmonies and dissonances in colour that could give them a life of their own. She placed colours next to each other that couId create a pulse or a vibration from which a rhythm was crea­ted evoking emotion and activating sensation. Just like Delauny's, also Möller's paintings - through the placement of colours that complement and contra­dict one another - rhythm and movement is felt. This technique is forcing the viewer to experience the fullness of the canvas, driving the eyes in all directions to enable the constant discovery of new details. Eventually, the canvas becomes a pulsating playground of colour that evokes a playful anarchy in which hierarchies collapse.


Different in form, but also famous for her intense and colourful abstract and expressionist paintings, is American artist Joan Mitchell (1925-1992). lnspired by natural phenomena and the energy of life, Mitchell's work is characterized by a fresh and spontaneous abstraction that evokes landscapes, memories, poetry and music. For Mitchell, abstract was not a style, she simply wanted to make a surface work. She painted from her memories of landscapes, which she then transformed onto canvas in innova­tive ways. Möller too has a collection of images from nature, which are never directly translated onto canvas, but rather used as inspiration for structures and textures. Painting is an adventure into the un­known. The act of painting forces her to look at the brushstrokes in front of her, to take distance before returning to what has been painted. Rather than depicting what has been stored in her memory, the act becomes a way of activating the process of creation. Like a gardener who plants the seeds, waters them and then waits to see how the light af­fects growth, Möller's paintings are a persona! study of how colour can affect a painting. With each layer of colour added, the neighbouring colour takes on a new meaning. A compelling tension is created!


Painting offers the possibility to identify with the subject, to interpret the images from our own memories. ln the case of Möller's intense colourful paintings it's my memory of being in nature that I am transported to, of sorts. I experience an almost sculptural quality, a three-dimensional way of look­ing into her work, as if I, in a sense, am existing within the painting. Möller's work is an invitation to recon­nect with the natural world, allowing visitation to memories passed, but also enabling travel to a new world, one rich in textures, with light and colour, a world in which I am a wanderer passing through, in a constant state of discovery. - Sarie Nijboer (Translation : Éléonore Gros)

Picture above : Intrication, 2022. Oil and acrylic on canva. 100 x 120 cm. Photo : Guy LHeureux


Born in Hamburg (Germany) in 1988.

Lives and works between Leipzig (Germany) and Montreal (Canada).



Art Rotterdam, Solo Show, Galerie Bacqueville, Rotterdam, Netherlands


Entanglements, Kunstverein Speyer, Speyer, Germany

Somewhere, Galerie in der Wassermühle/Stiftungen Sparkasse Holstein, Trittau, Germany

Foliage, Schierke Seinecke, Frankfurt a. M., Germany


Intrication, Galerie Bacqueville, Lille, France
DisNature, She Bam! Galerie Lætitia Gorsy, Spinnerei Leipzig, Germany
Transformationen, Art Foundation Elmshorn, Germany

Sceneries, Galerie Rundgænger by Schierke & Seinicke, Frankfurt, Germany
Habitat, Galerie Dessers, Hasselt, Belgique

Diane, She Bam! Galerie Lætitia Gorsy, Spinnerei Leipzig, Germany
Où mènent les sentiers, Aedaen Gallery, Strasbourg, France

Art Paris, Grand Palais, Paris, France


Peripherie, KunstHaus am Schüberg, Ammersbek/Hamburg, Germany
Ganz weit draußen, Kulturkreis Leinfelden-Echterdingen, Germany



Light Filters Through The Gaps In The Leaves, Artemin Gallery, Taipei, Taiwan

Everyone but Caspar!, Kunsthalle Niendorf, Hamburg, Germany

Art Paris, Grand Palais, Paris, France


fragile structures, nachtspeicher23, Hamburg, Germany (duo with Simone Kesting)
WIN/WIN - Die Kunstankäufe der Kulturstiftung des Freistaates Sachsen 2023, Halle 14, Spinnerei Leipzig, Germany
Over the Line, Galerie Bacqueville, Oost-Souburg, Netherlands
Nordwestkunst, Kunsthalle Wilhelmshaven, Wilhelmshaven, Germany

Dystopia, Galerie Bacqueville, Lille, France

Image Fétiche, Galerie Stephanie Kelly, Dresden, Germany
Numero Trois, Homa, Lisbon, Portugal
Though, beloved, Foundation Fernet-Branca, Saint-Louis, France

The Call of the Wild, Galerie Sabine Bayasli, Paris, France
Another Realm, Silvis Contemporary, New York City/online

Staycation Beach, Kunsthalle Ost, Leipzig, Germany
Luxembourg Art Week, Aedaen Gallery, Luxembourg
Appendix, She Bam! Galerie Lætitia Gorsy Leipzig, Germany

Dynamik und Fiktion, Galerie Gans, Vienna, Austria (duo with Izvor Pende)
Galeristes, She Bam! Galerie Lætitia Gorsy, Paris, France
Art Paris, Grand Palais, Paris, France

Hauptwerke der Kunstsammlung der Sparkasse Leipzig, Center for Contemporary Art, Berlin, Germany
Lipsia, Aedaen Gallery, Strasbourg, France

Berlin Dreaming, Gallery Michael Reid, Berlin, Germany
salondergegenwart 2019, Hamburg, Germany

Can‘t stand Harmony, Galerie ff15, Leipzig, Germany (duo with Jana Mertens)

neXtnature, Galerie Weise, Chemnitz, Germany (duo with Jana Mertens)
Pretty Park, Weißes Haus Markleeberg, Germany

Mashup IV/Masterpieces, Barlach Halle K, Hamburg, Germany

Project Grant, Cultural Foundation of the State of Saxony (KdFS)
Publication Grant, City of Leipzig
Working Grant, Neustart Kultur, Stiftung Kunstfonds, Bonn

International Open Residency, Fonderie Darling, Montréal
Working Grant, VG BildKunst

Residency Schleswig-Holsteinisches Künstlerhaus Eckernförde

Working Grant, Neustart Kultur Stiftung Kunstfonds, Bonn
Working Grant, Cultural Foundation of the State of Saxony (KdFS)


Collection of Contemporary Art of the Federal Republic of Germany
Collection of the Art Exhibition Hall of the Sparkasse Leipzig
Collection Essl, Vienna
Maurer Collection, Wamberg
Crédit Mutuel, Strasbourg
Collection Holtmann, Hanover

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