30sec film artists Vol.68 – Teri Donovan

Time and Memory

Teri Donovan was born in Paris …… Paris, Ontario. She lives in Toronto, and graduated from York University and the University of Toronto. She also studied at the Maryland Institute, College of Art in Baltimore, Maryland, The Toronto School of Art, the Ontario College of Art and Design, and the University of Toronto.

Teri Donovan – Artworks

Teri Donovan's art work circa 2014

Teri Donovan's artwork circa-2008

Teri Donovan's artwork Aphrodite

Teri Donovan – 30sec film artists Q&A

How do you come up with ideas?

How do you come up with ideas?

What project/art are you hoping to create but haven’t got chance to do yet?

I hope to do a series of paintings based on domesticity. The works would be an update on traditional still life and genre painting, but would be quirky sculptural arrangements of ordinary household objects and food that reflect the topsy turvy world of work/life balance.

Is there a childhood experience that has helped shape the kind of work you do today?

My entire childhood experience shapes the work I do today.

How do you know or feel when a good idea, is a good idea?

If I have an idea nags at me over time, constantly showing up in my consciousness, I know it's something I should pursue. I only know it was a good idea after the work is done and successful according to my criteria.

What makes you feel satisfied as an artist?

I feel satisfied when the work achieves what I had hoped for. This is often not completely worked out in advance, but is more the sense of a trajectory. It usually occurs when a feeling comes through and is conveyed in the paint application, colour and composition.

Behind the Scenes – Filmmaker’s Experience

Teri Donovan’s studio room is covered with her paintings- which involves wallpapers and patterns. As she addressed her interest in exploring not just the decorative role of wallpaper, but also…
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