“(Jenny and I) are really just scratching the surface,” Teske said.
The two met a couple of years ago and immediately decided to collaborate.
“I’m drawn to metal,” Teske said, describing the inspiration that comes from working with another artist in unfamiliar territory, and in this case, developing a curiosity about working with metal.
Although the show has many solo pieces, the collaborative works had each artist making the background for a few compositions, then swapping to add onto the backdrop. Teske, specializing in photography, would then switch canvases with Shea who was creating a copper-work foundation. The pieces might have made another trip back to the original artist before each was complete.
For Shea, the process was a new experience.
“It was fun because I would see a story in one of Tiffany’s photographs and try to finish the story in my own way,” Shea said.
Teske emphasized that it really came down to trust. Both admit it wasn’t ideal to work in separate workspaces, but was the best way to work since both have young families.
While no initial themes were discussed, the show exhibits nature with a modern take on the classic subject. However, another theme that stands out is one of community. The library is an accessible venue and Shea commented that the opening last Friday led to some fantastic conversations about the works.
“Everyone will see something different in the pieces,” Shea said