perfectly right now, 2012. Silver point, oil, gouache, and acrylic ink on panel. 24 x 20 x 1 ½ inches. Courtesy of the artist.

Fitchburg, WI


Teresa Getty’s mixed-media works address the relationship and perceived dichotomy between the biological and mechanical worlds. These two aspects of her art, the human and technological, are captured in the old woman who lived in a shoe put all the kids in a submarine and they went to war, a painting whose title connects a fragment of a children’s nursery rhyme with an underwater military vessel. Her abstractions weave together fragments of recognizable objects—such as bones, gears, agricultural reapers, architectural elements, and toys—with abstract expanses of pure color, line, and form. Getty sees her hybrid abstractions of intuitive gestures and real objects as visual proxies for “emotions, desires, and events.”


Teresa Getty received her MFA from the University of Wisconsin–Madison in 2007. She is currently an Adjunct Lecturer at the UW–Madison. Her work has been shown across the country and most recently at the Pinebox Art Center in Baltimore, Maryland; River Edge Gallery in Thiensville, Wisconsin; and the Wisconsin Union Galleries in Madison. In addition to her undergraduate classes at UW–Madison, Getty has been an active presence on the Madison art scene. She conducts creative workshops with the Madison Public Libraries and is a docent at the Madison Museum of Contemporary Art