FB: Theresa Batty
Bio: Theresa is originally from Calgary, Alberta, Canada. She grew up on a small farm in Oregon and Washington. Her mother was a ceramic artist, so Theresa started working with clay and drawing at a young age. As a teenager, she became very interested in photography, film-making, and animation and studied these in college at The Evergreen State College. She later became interested in hot glass casting and then combined antique photo processes onto her glass work. Theresa was awarded a special student scholarship to study glass at the National Academy of Art And Design, Konstfack, in Stockholm, Sweden. She continues working with glass and other media in her studio in Seattle.
Artist Statement: Our memories are what define us. Whether they’re accurate or not, they shape how we experience the world. I sometimes like to use old photos in my work to reference childhood memories or experiences that can connect us as human beings in our shared universal longing to be accepted and loved. I grew up on a farm, so I have an affinity to animals and a reverence of the silent keys that unlock communication channels with them and my connection to the natural world. I am intrigued by our connections to animals, both wild and domestic, and I’m working increasingly with images of different animals. At the same time, I like to work with light and color in more minimalist approaches using cast glass. I believe that we all have strong and personal reactions to colors and that these feelings come from childhood experiences that we may not even be aware of. I believe that we have universal experiences that connect us as human beings. Even the most diverse and seemingly different cultures can have shared connections.