Originally from the Boston area, Tore Terrasi is an Intermedia artist and designer residing in Arlington, Texas, where he is an Associate Professor of Art and Design at the University of Texas at Arlington. After earning BFA degrees in Visual Design and English he received his MFA in Visual Design from the University of Massachusetts at Dartmouth in 2005.
The constant interplay between words and images has yielded especially fertile ground for Terrasi's research and serves as the common thread connecting all his creative activity. His ambitions as a communicator are to reconsider the conventions through which we experience texts and images by way of exploring the simultaneously independent and interdependent nature of their relationship.
The trajectory of his work is conceptually rooted by the phrase ‘visual language’. Through this word and image interplay his work facilitates a synthesis between a verbal and visual experience. At this intersection, the material concerns of the physical world and the computational processes of digital media work in concert with the semiotic interpretations and meaning building of our reading experiences. He sees these relationships as a dialogue between seeing, making, and understanding.
Terrasi's work serves as a platform by which a semiotic/art hybrid approach looks to both de-familiarize our experiences with words, images, design, materiality, media, dimension, and technique (while playing against the familiarity of those very things) and in doing so, open a plurality of meaning and interpretation. As such, he freely shifts between static and dynamic media, art and design.