Emily Teall (BFA Cornell University '16, MA Columbia University '18) is a Connecticut-based multimedia artist with particular interests in sculpture and installation art. Teall's artistic career began with an early-childhood interest in and curiosity about nature. Her curiosity and close observations developed through the drawing process. Organic elements continue to be a driving force in her work. Teall's current work also draws from memories, experiences with anxiety, and from the role of the body in (particularly a female) identity.
Teall navigates the themes of anxiety and memory through her artistic practice. She explores these themes through the organic environments found in Connecticut and in New York State and with her relationship with her body, drawing inspiration from anatomical and biological references and processes. Symbols from nature, especially bulbs and seeds, permeate her visual and visceral languages. Many of her artworks focus on this slow-growth concept, referencing gestational and hibernation periods in nature.
She creates new, personal “environments” through her artwork to encourage viewers to meditate on anxieties and memories. Her interest in pushing the immersive and experiential qualities of art leads her to work primarily in sculpture and installation. Decay, immediacy, details, and deep shadows are essential to her work.
Teall has exhibited in a number of group shows in and near her hometown of Riverside, CT; at Cornell University, where she completed her BFA; at Columbia University; in NYC, NY; and in Hudson, NY. She worked particularly closely with installation artist Angiola Churchill and with painter Christina Burch. Teall teaches art to vulnerable students, currently at Fusion Academy and formerly at Trailblazers Academy, Rauschenbusch Metro Ministries, and the South Norwalk Community Center. Previously she taught courses to all age groups both at Silvermine Arts Center in New Canaan, CT and the Tsogyelgar Center in Ann Arbor, Michigan.