Interview with Teal Porrini

Could you give us a brief introduction to who you are and what kind of work you make?
I am a recent graduate of the University of Cincinnati's MFA program. I currently live in Philadelphia. My work is constantly in flux and changes as my life progresses. I guess if I had to categorize it I would say abstract expressionism and often minimalism.

Where do you gather most of the inspiration for your works?
Most of my inspiration is drawn from my own life experiences. I reference spatial aspects of my daily life. I am drawn towards Baroque sculpture, particularly the work of Bernini, due to the strong presence the work holds in space. I am interested in the work of Brice Marden for his minimal approach but strong personality present in the work.

What is your most important artist tool? Is there something you can’t live without in your studio?
My most important tool is my ability to see and to be able to translate that sight to my hands. In the studio I cannot live without my palette knife. 

What types of obstacles have you run into in your artistic practice and how do you go about navigating around them?
Over thinking is always an issue. I often need to clear out my studio before I can start anything new. It is a repetitive cleansing process every time.

What do you feel are the recurring themes in your visual work?  
Paint, presence, experience.

Is there a particular artist you feel you relate to? Who are your role models (artists or non-artists)?
Bernini, Giambologna, Brice Marden, Joan Mitchell, Lynda Benglis... the list is too long.

What is the best piece of artistic advice you’ve been given?love it into life.


Check out Teal's work, currently in our exhibition, Under Way