two-sided mixed media on paper

12 x 10 inches

Theresa Hackett - "Trees with Ears" (backside "Swimming Pool in a Frame")"

  • The work that I make is a collection of unpredictable forms, one that produces an intimate relationship between the act of painting, the unconscious and intuition. In the last four decades I have committed much of my studio practice to a mixology; an alchemy which tends to direct the composition toward visual play, a paronomasia of textural complexities and surface variations. My paintings are problems that I construct for myself and try to solve through exploration and experimentation. Formal decisions bounce back and forth, the past and present are analyzed; this process creates a visual recording and evidence of decision making. The surface I work with becomes a "wearing down" of time, a form of weathering an articulation of memory.


    Theresa Hackett received her BFA from College of Creative Studies, University of California, Santa Barbara and her MFA at Hunter College, New York. Hackett works in non-conventional materials to create hybrid landscapes where still life and abstraction merge. She diffuses language and creates unpredictable compositions that rely on intuition, and waver between the unconscious and the subliminal to create a complex mixology of visual play.  Recently, Hackett was awarded her second Pollock Krasner Foundation Grant, a MacDowell Residency, and she received a NYFA Fellowship in 2009. She has had numerous solo shows and has participated in many group shows and museum projects; such as "NewView," at the Contemporary Museum of Art in Baltimore; "Art on Paper," at the Weatherspoon Art Museum, Greensboro, NC; and "Starting Here: A Selection of Distinguished Artists from UCSB," Art, Design & Architecture Museum, UCSB, Santa Barbara, CA.