Master of Arts in Spatial Arts, San José State University, CA
Bachelor of Arts in Psychology, University of Arizona, Tucson, AZ
Teresa Cunniff is an artist, educator, and graphic designer. She earned her MFA in Spatial Art from San Jose State University in 2005. Currently, she teaches 2D Concepts and Color Theory in the Foundations program. Her artwork explores our human regard for other species and the psychic bond we have to animals we may never come in contact with. A range of media and processes including sound, digital animation, sculpture, and installation creates a context in which the power structure between humans and other species is deconstructed and reconfigured. If our relationship to the living world is not based on a hierarchy of owner and possession, or superior and inferior, a far more complex interaction becomes available, one in which alienation is diminished and the unique vitality and intelligence of all expressions of life can be recognized for their inherent value.