Things started going well for the artist shortly after she finished her degree at the Kunstakademie Düsseldorf – one of the most important art academies in the world, where professors like Joseph Beuys once shook up the system, Hilla and Bernd Becher revolutionised photography, and world-famous artists like Andreas Gursky teach today. Energy is bursting out from her large-scale paintings. Theresa applies up to 15 layers of paint in her work, letting it crack and split, attacking it with a knife, and even dragging whole canvases across the floor of her studio. “My way of working is very robust,” she says.
After a short detour to the golden, gleaming Sven-Harry’s art museum that stands adjacent to the park, Theresa drives the new A-Class towards Gamla Stan, the historic heart of the city characterised by winding streets and alleyways. Back in Düsseldorf, she uses a car2go smart car for most of her everyday journeys. She now steers the A-Class through Stockholm’s quiet streets.