Ana Teles’ work poses questions about authorship and identity in the creation of an individual artistic language. She appropriates artists’ works as a strategy to put herself in a critical position where she can deconstruct processes, mediums and languages to reinvent herself. Her current work is made of photocopies from books chosen from the Chelsea College of Art and Design library collection. Each photocopy represents a choice, a perspective, an encounter or a gesture towards an artist’s work. The artist, the book and then the page is specifically selected to be photocopied and reintegrated into a new context of work created through the action of reproduction and manipulation of the object. This acquires enigmatic and suggestive interpretation. The physicality of the photocopy invokes the fragility and vulnerability of the Masters present in the act of copying. The books are there on the shelf ready and available to be appropriated, assaulted and violated.
Ana Teles received her BA in painting from the University of Porto, and has an MA from Chelsea College of Art and Design. She has shown in various group shows at Chelsea College of Art and Design, Saint Vincent Europesan Art, Italy, FBAUP Museum, Porto, XXIV Spring Salon, Casino do Estoril, Lisbon and II International Biennial of Painting FRP, Coimbra.