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Teri Frame

  • Art
  • Film
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artist bio

Teri Frame earned a BFA from the Kansas City Art Institute and an MFA from The Pennsylvania State University. Although she was trained as a ceramist, performance, video, photography, and printmaking have entered her practice and she continues to move among these genres. Frame has exhibited, lectured, and taught internationally and throughout the United States. She has completed artist residencies at the Interlochen Arts Academy, The MacDowell Colony, PlatteForum, The Museum of Outdoor Arts, Emmanuel College, the Australian National University, and the Shangyu Celadon Modern International Ceramics Center in Shaoxing, China. Her work has been featured in Ceramics Monthly, Ceramics: Art and Perception, Monthly Ceramic Art Korea, and the Journal of Australian Ceramics. Frame is currently Assistant Professor of Ceramics at the University of Wisconsin-Whitewater.

artist statement

My work addresses notions of human beauty and their inextricable link with social hierarchies. Through it, I consider ideal Western paradigms such as the model of proportion conveyed within Classical Greek statuary, the Enlightenment concept of purity reflected within 18th century Parian porcelain busts and figurines, and paragons of facial beauty within the Victorian era indicated by the use of porcelain complexion fans. The standards of beauty as measured by these objects have been pervasive throughout Western societies. The bodily representations that they uphold are exclusive. They are youthful, healthy, whole, symmetrical, and able. They are gendered, classed, and racially specific. It is my intent to expose and disrupt the structures of power that perpetuate them.