Artist Statement

How can abstraction complicate or enhance representational painting?  Can abstraction revitalize dull composition, disrupt perspective, or imply flatness or depth in fascinating ways?  How far is “too far”, and how little is “too little?”  These are questions that circulate my thought process and become materialized in my studio practice.  I do not seek answers, only meaningful explorations.  These explorations include, but are not limited to, experimentation in paint behavior, digital compositions, figure-ground reversal, perspective, disruptions, masking, and spatial organization.  Each painting exposes new, successful processes that drive my work forward.


One goal of my paintings is to effectively complicate spaces.  I want the viewer to feel hints of comfort in readable, representational moments, that are then juxtaposed by abstracted elements.  Abstraction allows me to place marks or shapes in spaces that otherwise wouldn’t exist in the natural world.  The tension between the known and unknown existing behind, in front of, or alongside one other is important in my paintings.


Recently, I have been interested in the decade of the 80’s.  My parents both grew up during that time, and looking through old clothes, photographs, and record albums of theirs makes me long for a time I never experienced.  This longing made me question the integration of technology into our culture, and how it affects my generation versus that of my parents’.  In my work I attempt to investigate the relationship between a past I’ve never lived with the contemporary painting moment, and how that relates to the tradition of painting itself.  In a fast-paced world of immediacy—social media, google, live streams, among others—it is a conscious decision for me to question these ideas in paint.  


Avery Teeter obtained her BFA from the University of Arkansas in December of 2020.  She was born in Fayetteville, Arkansas.  In the summer of  2016 after graduating from Rogers High School, Avery’s family moved to Tyler, TX.  She then attended the University of Arkansas in the fall and became a member of Kappa Delta Sorority.  After being accepted into the BFA program in 2018, Avery attended a two-week long painting workshop at the New York Studio School where she studied figure painting.  She also attended a week-long program at Ox-Bow School of Art in Saugatuck, Michigan where she learned the process of encaustic painting.  In 2019, Avery was published in Tyler Today Magazine that highlighted her artistic endeavors while also showcasing her paintings.