Tereza (Terry) HAASS
Tereza (Terry) Haass lived a fascinating and rich life. She was a sculptor, painter, printmaker, in addition to being an eternal student and voracious learner, interested in everything from Einstein's theories of space and time to Mesopotamian archaeology. Born in Czechoslovakia in 1923, Haass went to Paris and escaped the Nazis in the 1930s. She studied art and art history until the beginning of World War II, when she was forced to leave Europe due to the escalating tensions and violence. She went to New York on a scholarship from the Arts Students League where she was surrounded by the blossoming New York art scene. Due to the war and an artistic stagnation in Europe, New York quickly became a hotbed for experimentation and artistic rebirth. Haass worked at Stanley William Hayter's Atelier 17 while it was in New York. She even took over operations when Hayter returned to Paris in 1950. She received countless awards and scholarships to travel the world and explore many avenues of learning and education. All of these experiences influenced her work. Her sculptures are simple yet calculated, conveying a deep understanding of the space around them and the complicated theoretical physics that commands their existence. Her prints are both analytical and scientific while being exquisitely beautiful. Like many of Atelier 17's devotees, Haass often used the “simultaneous color printing” method developed by Hayter. This technique allowed Haass to show her instantaneous artistic hand at the same time as she took the painstaking effort to illustrate her academic pursuits. This dichotomy fit Haass perfectly and continued to aptly describe her life until her passing in 2016.