Profile: Teresa Duck
After taking maternity leave for the birth of her 2nd child, contemporary British painter, Teresa Duck is back with a new body of work that will be on view @ Scope Miami and couple of other showings. With a London solo show scheduled for next year, she is quickly getting back into full swing with a combination of formal realist paintings with abstracted elements, as well as sculptures and assemblages.
Living and working in Newcastle upon Tyne in the North East of England, Teresa Duck studied at Northumbria University where she gained a BA Honours in Fine Art. Actively showing since 2008, her works were included in many group shows both in UK and stateside. Using art as a tool to escape as a child, it was only after university that she grew full appreciation for it, similar to the one she developed for literature few years earlier. In her paintings she tends to juxtapose the flat colors of advertising against the more realistic rendering of objects and the similar flat tones of product designs. This comes from her own view of the world around us, and creates an effective mix of the serious and absurd, slightly dark yet humorous. Though her new body of work is focused on consumer culture, the main source of inspiration comes from philosophers or authors such as Virginia Woolf or Sartre. As noticeable from the works Teresa shared with us, she puts a strong accent on objectification of women as product, but also, the applied strategies of social control or media culture. Visually, she gets her inspiration from Pop artist's of the 50's/ 60's, the expressive paintings of outsider contemporary art or any type of art which explores the mind and its hidden recesses. The abstract elements in her works are mix of products and symbols from works of fiction, often explained through the title of the work. From referencing Virginia Woolf's swallows to using abundance of objects to trigger nausea as a nod to John-Paul Sartre, her works are full of board game-style clues and breadcrumb trails, placed there both for herself and the viewer. —Sasha Bogojev