Tereza was born Mazurova (implying paternal possession) in what was Czechoslovakia and resides both in CZ as well as the States. In her nomadic life, she questions familial and societal roles applied, engendering and classifying, bodies.
Swanda has an MFA from Vermont College of Fine Arts and BFA in Painting and Sculpture from Massachusetts College of Art and Design. Swanda has recently installed her soap at the Metropolitan Museum of Art. She has exhibited her work at the Whitney Center for the Arts (Pittsfield, MA), University of Oregon (Eugene,OR), Berliner Kunstprojekt (Berlin), 450 Broadway Gallery (NY), Bakalar and Paine Galleries (Boston, MA), Chemeketa Community College Art Gallery (Salem, OR), and online in Storyscape Journal. Her series, To/From Mothering, shown at the Center on Contemporary Art (Seattle, WA), won first prize. She has been awarded residencies at VSC (Johnson, VT), at the Millay Colony (Austerlitz, NY), and has been attending workshops with Rose Shakinovsky and Claire Gavronsky in Italy and South Africa since 2000.
Swanda’s distinctions include the Wilhelmina Denning Jackson Art Award as well as scholarship for graduate work.