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Teresa Wilson

50 Albert Road
Manchester, Greater Manchester M19 2AB, United Kingdom
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Phone: 7792374128
URL: https://www.teresawilson.co.uk

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Teresa Wilson is a visual artist based at Bankley Studios, Manchester, UK. Main practice includes sculpture installation with human figures.  Sculpture is installed to create claustrophobic environments where private dramas take place, exploring the space between sculpture, installation and theatre.

Responding to space, the work has been installed in various unusual venues including a medieval tower, a 17th Century chapel, changing room cubicles in an empty River Island shop, volcanic caves in Turkey, Kurt Schwitters Merzbarn at Elterwater in the Lake District and most recently a converted mortuary.

The work refers to the past, the history of art and to the Jungian interpretation of fairy tale. They suggest stories of uncanny happenings, memories, and past traumas. The viewer is invited to explore an imaginative alternative reality and approach the emotional and sometimes uncomfortable subject matter in a gentle and darkly playful way. The macabre little people hint at an ‘other world’ of ancient fables and fairy stories. They invite our pity and a desire to reach out to the damaged little people, but at the same time repulsing the viewer to create anxiety within the strange melancholy space they inhabit. The work is about the transmutation of undigested experience, time passing and the anxiety of the uncanny.

Practice includes site-responsive installation, sculpture and drawing. Recent work includes collaborating with photographer to make micro animated films.

Teresa Wilson graduated from Salford School of Art in 2008 and also has a History of Art degree from Manchester University. She has shown work in group shows all over the North West and in London and Turkey. She has had solo shows at the Chapman Gallery, Salford, Arena Gallery, Liverpool, Barnaby Festival Macclesfield and Stockport Memorial Art Gallery. Her exhibition ‘Tales from the Woods’ received Artinliverpool website's‘Artwork of the Week’ at the Liverpool Biennial 2010. Arts Council funded projects include a workshop programme for the Asia Triennial Manchester 2011; sculpture installations at Barnaby Festival 2012, and New Mills Festival 2014. Other projects include a residency in Urgup, Turkey and recent installations at Hope University Gallery, Liverpool and Hidden Studios, Altrincham 2017.