Teresa is a Murri born and raised on her father’s freshwater Gamilaraay & Yuwaalaraay Country. Teresa is also a proud descendant of her mother’s saltwater Dharawal/Yuin peoples. In 2011, after a successful 20-year career in the NSW Public Service, she became an art student at Eora TAFE. During her studies she completed a Certificate II, III and IV in Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Cultural Arts and was awarded the Eora College Director’s Award and Student Achievement Award. In June 2021 Teresa completed a Certificate III in Mentoring Aboriginal and/or Torres Strait Islander People. She is currently completing her Certificate IV in Training and Assessment (Education). Her studies and her art practice are motivated by her childhood in Walgett, and commitment to Aboriginal community development.
In ‘Identity Tick-a-box’ (North East Wiradjuri Cultural Centre), Gomeroi Artist Teresa Gay explores the concept of Confirmation of Aboriginality and Aboriginal identity. In ‘Wrong Way Go Blak’ (Rylstone Common) Teresa plays with Aboriginal English in an installation designed to be interactive. Aboriginal print workshop: Teresa carves her own stamps. For the Saturday workshop (2pm 21 May at North East Wiradjuri Centre) participants will create a unique memento of Cementa22 on a card, or stamp one of Teresa’s designs with fabric paint onto their own clothing.
Currently living in Sydney’s inner west, Teresa’s art practice focuses on drawing, painting, ceramics and printing. Her artwork seeks to express her admiration for intergenerational teaching and respect for natural resource management. In 2015 Teresa’s 2-piece ceramic work (Bandaarrs in Contemplation) was chosen as a finalist in the Parliament of NSW Aboriginal Art Prize. This inspired Teresa to continue to exhibit her artwork at various galleries and locations including Kerry Lowe Gallery Newtown, Boomalli Aboriginal Artists Cooperative, and the University of Sydney Verge Gallery. Her work has also featured in ‘Vivid’ Sydney and she has collaborated with other artists to support their inclusion in Sculptures at Barangaroo (Terra Nullius) and Sculptures by the Sea (Gawura Guruwin – whale shark).