The natural world is profoundly mysterious, beautiful, and terrifying. It is my source material—a delicate balance of life and death. I create images with layers of information about the natural world, in both beauty & crisis. I want to reveal the beauty—but not without the scars.
My work combines elemental, mythological and personal symbology from various sources—a continually changing language of archetypes. These images from nature are inhabited with individual personality— and they are the elements of primeval power.
Recently I have used watercolor as a medium—a more intimate expression of the delicacy of nature in the struggle for survival. I have also been incorporating text in my work—using the computer or directly writing on the surface.
I am primarily a painter, and my work includes oil paintings, encaustic paintings, drawings, watercolors, installation art, monoprints and a series of 3-dimensional ‘tableaus’ called “Still Life Installations”.
Vicki Teague-Cooper is primarily a painter—her work includes oil paintings, encaustics, drawings, watercolors, installation art, monoprints and most recently “Still Life Installations” which are 3 dimensional pieces.
She has had three one-person exhibits in New York City, and one-person exhibits in Santa Fe, San Francisco, Chicago, Austin, San Antonio, Dallas and Minneapolis. The work has been favorably reviewed in The New York Times, The New Art Examiner, The Dallas Morning News, Art in America and Art Forum. Her work is in private/public collections such as Museum of Fine Arts Houston, American Express NY, Swiss Bank Corp. NY, Morgan Bank & Trust NY, Swiss Volksbank NY and Hyatt Regency Hong Kong.
Born: Ft. Smith, AK
Education: 1970–74 University of Texas at Austin, B.F.A.
1992–Current: Santa Fe, NM
1984–92: New York, NY
1970–84: Austin, TX