Teresa’s work is based on morality and the tenuous behaviour of the human psyche. She explores this mainly through the metaphorical language of materials, the interplay between opposing materials, form, and the use of text.
Written communication is an extension of thought and deed, and is only as strong or fragile as the receiver allows it to be. The answer to questions provoked by the combination of words integrated into work depends on the personal experiences and beliefs each viewer brings to it.
The work has been inspired by questions of morality. This means that it is not necessarily motivated by religion: Teresa has been inspired by the work of Kant and Walter Sinnott-Armstrong. She has determined that one’s moral responsibility should lie with one’s actions or thoughts toward others – reciprocity. However she believes that for many the moral guidelines set within religious practice are necessary to reinforce this.
Teresa’s work is made to reflect the psyche of all human beings regardless of nationality, creed or political persuasion. The text reflects common actions and thoughts. At the heart of this exploration, the inspiration that drives the creative process lays a fascination with the incredulous dichotomy between thoughts and deeds. The strength of one’s moral fibre to combat fragile personal desires resulting in selfish actions. This dichotomy is reflected in the opposing use of materials and the way they are joined together to create a tenuous form. For example in the work “Life, Love, Anger, Pain, the muslin globe consisting of 36 leaves is supported precariously using cotton thread pulled tightly and secured onto a rigid square wooden frame. The framework is deliberately solid looking in appearance - a metaphor for the moral codes and beliefs that human beings construct. This work wants to be touched but demands that the viewer watches it be carried on the breeze, to follow the journey around its circumference and to reflect on the juxtaposition of text.
Teresa Wells graduated from Nottingham Trent University with First Class Honours in Fine Art, 1996. She worked as an Interior Designer for seven years before completing a Master of Arts in Art and Design at Loughborough University, 2006.
She has instructed Art and Design at both Milton Keynes College and Northamptonshire County Council. Teresa has a studio at ‘The Grid’, Harborough Magna, Warwickshire, and was recently awarded Associate Membership of the Royal British Society of Sculptors, London.