Tea Okropiridze’s Statement
I view art as a language uniquely suited to serve us in ways a verbal language cannot. My art is a creative act to express my feelings, using mediums such as Gobelin Tapestry. By creating my tapestries, I intend to show the audience what I’ve seen and found interesting and beautiful in my life. I create a two dimensional composition, rich with color and the texture of hand woven textiles, by combining three dimensional forms around me and transforming them into a decorative or abstract image.
In my works I try to use natural resources such a wool, cotton, and silk. However I do not limit myself with only using natural material, and often times I mix with synthetic and artificial yarns to give the composition the desired look and aesthetic. Even though my creative process always starts from painting, drawing, and/or making a collage, I particularly enjoy the process of weaving, since I personally view it as a challenge of painting with yarn. Tapestry, similar to any other work of art, should make the viewer think. It should not tell the viewer what to think, but it should guide the viewers to think in a new way.
Tea Okropiridze’s Biography
I was born and raised in Tbilisi, Georgia. I received my first degree from Tbilisi in the Nikoladze Arts College, majoring in Sculpture. later, I received an Honors Degree from the University of Art and Culture, majoring in artistic weaving/Tapestry. Soon after graduation, my two daughters and I moved to the US to join my husband and I continued my career in Northern Virginia.
Since 2004 my husband and I have run a studio called Art Woodstone Studio, which is located in Virginia. Simultaneously, I teach Tapestry at The Art league School in Alexandria, VA and the Art at Academy of Georgian Heritage in Rockville, MD.
Since 1999, I have participated in numerous national and international exhibitions. I Was the Finalist of the Niche award in Fiber-Hand-woven Category. Also, I won the Shayna Heisman Simkin for the Best in Show Award with the Juror Joann Moser at The Art League Gallery.