Teresa Murak is one of the principal pioneers of Performance, Land and Feminist Art in Poland. With her landscape pieces, Murak utilizes natural materials, especially cress, to create in her terms "organic architecture”. The concept and gesture of "sowing” – a spiritual and cosmic interpretation of the cultivation of seeds – defines Murak’s body of work and helped her in developing her own style of performative art that engaged with ritual processes. Her work anticipated Murak’s nearly fifty-year concern with the phenomenon of life and the process of growth. The artist emphatically acknowledged a religious dimension to some of her works, pointing at the sacredness of life, but avoided to draw direct analogies between different traditions and rites, such as combining the East with the West, or Polish Catholicism with Taoism. Murak seems to have striven to express universal truths, beyond national, religious or stylistic divisions, to find the universal in particular manifestations.
In the 1990s, by which time the artist had acquired the status of a classic representative of the neo-avant-garde, Murak gained recognition from members of the young generation, especially interested in the feminist and body-art elements of her art.
Teresa Murak, born 1949 in Lublin, Poland, lives and works in Warsaw, is mostly exhibited in Poland, but also had exhibitions in Germany, Spain and elsewhere. Among various international shows over a five decade period, her most important ones took place at 1+1 Gallery, MoMA PS1 in New York (1991), Centre for Contemporary Art Ujazdowski Castle in Warsaw and AdK - Akademie der Künste in Berlin. Murak’s art is part of museum collections, such as Museum of Modern Art in Warsaw and ms - Muzeum Sztuki in Łódź.