Teri Frame earned a BFA at the Kansas City Art Institute and an MFA at The Pennsylvania State University. Although she was trained as a ceramist, performance, video, and digital imaging have come into her work, and she continues to move among these genres. Frame has exhibited, lectured, and taught internationally and throughout the United States. She has completed artist residencies at the Interlochen Arts Academy, The MacDowell Colony, PlatteForum, The Museum of Outdoor Arts, Emmanuel College, and the Australian National University. Her work has been featured in Ceramics Monthly, Ceramics: Art and Perception, Monthly Ceramic Art Korea, and the Journal of Australian Ceramics. She was recently awarded a LIAEP grant, which enabled her to live and work in Australia during the summer of 2015. Frame is currently Assistant Professor of Ceramics at the University of Wisconsin-Whitewater.
My work addresses notions of human beauty and its inextricable link with bodily hierarchies. Through it, I consider non-normative bodies and their relationship to ideal Western paradigms such as the model of proportion as conveyed within Classical Greek statuary, the Enlightenment concept of purity as reflected within 18th century Parian porcelain busts and figurines, and paragons of facial beauty within the Victorian era as indicated by the use of porcelain complexion fans (objects that protected the face from flushing and makeup from melting). The standards of beauty as measured by these objects have been pervasive throughout Western societies. The bodily representations that they uphold are exclusive. They are youthful, healthy, whole, symmetrical, and “able.” They are gendered, classed, and racially specific. Their presence within the art historical canon reifies their place within social hierarchies. Notions of beauty have been at the forefront of philosophical inquiry for centuries. In this contemporary setting, where aesthetic surgery and genetic manipulation abound, they are particularly relevant.