Photo by Heidi Swanson

Photo by Heidi Swanson

Teresa Cox is a native of the Twin Cities and lives within the landscape of the Minnesota and Mississippi river valleys. Her studio practice includes painting, teaching and design work with public art installations at Winona University, Abbott Northwestern Hospital, Amsoil Arena in Duluth among others. Cox’s paintings and drawings have been exhibited nationally and internationally including the Albuquerque Museum of Art in New Mexico, the DeVos Art Museum in Michigan, the Painting Center in Chelsea, New York and the Fortezza da Basso in Florence, Italy. Her work is in public and private collections in the US, Taiwan, Germany and Australia.

Teresa’s work is so charged with explosive color it appears to emit light and be in motion. MPR-Chris Roberts
Coxes work features vibrant imaginary landscapes, exploding with retro, space-age shapes, swirls and objects. City Pages-Camille Lefevre

Within her paintings, macro plant photo imagery and imagined color charged forms coalesce into surreal landscapes which play with memory, fantasy and a desire to form new spaces while exploring ideas of our relationship to each other and to the natural world.

My current work explores the creation of dramatized landscapes and spaces. I am interested in a transcendent vision that plays with ideas of beauty, surprise and the familiar by juxtaposing human references such as pottery, geometric symbolic shapes with plants and organic form. I think of these paintings as both elaborate studies and invented worlds compressed and informed by experiences in nature and a desire to express the richness and mystery of everyday life. This robust vision contains distilled shapes such as trees, vases, hills and plants often with human references and odd - yet playful - stature, inviting metaphoric associations.
— T. Cox 2018