McCarthy has exhibited extensively over the past seven years. Selective exhibitions include , A solo show ‘Down by the river Darling’, at Manly Art Gallery and Museum (2019). ‘Ceremony’ A solo exhibition at Art Atrium (2018). ‘Four Women: (I do belong) Double’, curated by Djon Mundine OAM, at Lismore Regional Art Gallery (2017). ‘Realising Mothers’ co-curators Sandy Edwards and Zorica Purlitja at Kudos Galleries, UNSW Art & Design (2017).Her photograph ‘Kopi in the Mourning’ (2018) was awarded the inaugural King & Wood Mallesons Contemporary Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Art Award (Parliament House).She was published in the August edition (2019) of Artist Profile, titled ‘Death of a River: the work of Teena McCarthy’ by Djon Mundine. ‘Winning by a Country Mile’, Susan Skelly. The Robb Report, Autumn 2019 edition.
Teena McCarthy is a visual artist and poet who works predominantly in painting, photography and performance art. She graduated in 2014 from UNSW Art & Design with a Bachelor of Fine Arts with Distinction.McCarthy is an Italian/Barkindji woman who is a descendant of The Stolen Generations. Her work documents her family’s displacement and Aboriginal Australian’s loss of Culture and their ‘hidden’ history. While acknowledging the intergenerational pain of post colonialism, McCarthy uses wit, humour and pathos to explore her own identity. Synchronicity also comes into play in McCarthy’s experimental painting, often determining its outcome and informing its own materiality.