Iren Tete is Visiting Faculty at Alberta University of the Arts in Calgary, Canada. Iren holds an MFA in Studio Art from the University of Nebraska-Lincoln and a BS in Kinesiology and Health Sciences from the College of William and Mary. She equally calls Sofia, Bulgaria and Washington, D.C. home. Her work has been shown nationally and internationally, as well as published by Friend of the Artist and Create! Magazine. Recently, Iren was selected as an Emerging Artist by Ceramics Monthly Magazine. She has received multiple grants that have supported her practice and research. During the summer of 2018 she was able to further her study of Brutalist theory and architecture through a residency at the Zentrum fur Keramik in Berlin, Germany. Iren has also completed residencies at the University of Cincinnati (Cincinnati, OH) and the Northern Clay Center (Minneapolis, MN).
The tenuous nature of the “in between” is intriguing because of its universal relatability and implication of time, space, and relationship. Utilizing materials such as clay, paper, and wire, I create sculptures that simultaneously point forwards and backwards, creating a sense of both connection and estrangement. I have discovered a synergistic relationship between words and objects and am compelled to give physical presence to those words that are merely suggestive – words such as maybe, almost, and if. They reside in the liminal space between solidity and fragility, or the “in between.”