|January 31, 2012||to||March 2, 2014|
An exhibition of new work by Teresa Cunniff that includes a site-specific sculptural installation, digital media,
projections, and sound work opens at Monterey Peninsula College on January 31, 2012. A public reception
will be held on Saturday, February 4 from 2 – 5pm; Ms. Cunniff will discuss her work on Thursday, February 9
from 12:30 – 2:30pm.
The exhibition is informed by three related concepts: animal cognition; the subjective nature of perception
based on sensory interpretation; and consciousness, often defined as an organism having a sense of self
and others. Much of the work describes sensory abilities that are possessed by other species but not by
humans—the ability to navigate by the Earth’s magnetic field; chemical, ultra- and infra-sonic communication;
and visual acuity that includes color vision into the ultraviolet range.
Through her work, Teresa Cunniff explores our human regard for other life forms and the psychic bond we
have with animals that we may never come in contact with. Working with range of media and processes
including sound, digital animation, video, and sculptural installation, she creates a context in which the power
structure between humans and other species can be deconstructed and reconfigured. With this new work,
she suggests that If our relationship to the living world is not based on a hierarchy of owner and possession,
or superiority and inferiority, a far more complex interaction becomes available— one in which the unique
vitality and intelligence of all expressions of life can be recognized for their inherent value.
Teresa Cunniff was born in New York City and received her MFA in Spatial Art from San Jose State
University in 2005. Her work has been exhibited regionally and nationally. Recent exhibitions include the
Bedford Gallery in Walnut Creek, Krowswork Gallery in Oakland, the Berkeley Art Center, Annmarie Garden
Sculpture Park & Art Center, Solomons, MA, and Mission 17 in San Francisco.