May 2019: Teresa Getty Exhibition
Exhibition runs: May 1 – May 31, 2019
First Friday Opening Reception: May 3, 6-8 pm
Teresa Getty, as a child, lived in Guam, Georgia and California. She played in clear ocean waters and interacted with a culture rich in myth and legends, read books, fished for crawdads, rode horses, picked berries, learned about intense prejudice, overcame extreme shyness and briefly rebelled. Each of the places had a profound impact on her life and the memories helped shape her work.
Teresa pursued painting after thinking she would be a doctor or scientist. She received her BFA from the Art Institute of Chicago and MFA from the University of Wisconsin-Madison. She taught art part-time at the University Wisconsin-Madison, balancing her professional art career and being a mother to her medically complex daughter. She currently resides in Seattle, Washington.
Each of her paintings has a story that beings with an everyday experience, a current event, an experience shared with her daughter, or simply a looking and seeing moment. While she works, memories surface. The work walks itself back into the past: memories, some peaceful, some dark. Without censorship, she allows them to flow into her mark, into her responses of lines and color.
At first she works slowly mimicking life and then engages more spontaneously, often with aggressive cuts and extraction. Then, like someone ashamed at an outburst, she buries things by pouring material over them. In the process, hidden things resurface, revealing a visual mixture of the veiled past and the surface of the present. This creates an archeology beyond her anticipation.
The archeology is the link she seeks to have a conversation with her viewer. The layers of her personal journey, the process of figuring things out for herself through failure and rediscovery, and the letting go of it all.