Tessa Garver-Daniels



Little Thing
Stonehenge paper

Statement: This is an image of my daughter and me as I paint her fingernails. I wanted to represent our bond as mother and daughter. When I think about our relationship, I think about the times when I teach her and the little moments we share together, just the two of us. It is in those moments we are the closest and understand each other the best. It is in those moments that we show love and are loved. I believe we experience God's love later in life in similar ways. The little moments shape who we are. I wanted to submit this piece because I believe that every mother's wish and prayer is to remember those little moments with our mother and father and our children forever. We pray that our children feel loved and remember those moments too. It is motherhood at its most basic and a wonderful time.


Bio: I am a 31-year-old mom who lives in Morgantown, WV. I work at West Virginia University, and take printmaking classes here. I take printmaking classes because I love it and look forward to someday being accepted into the Masters program. I graduated from Kent State University with an art education degree in 2005. I worked at the Ohio EPA for many years. While I worked there I did liturgical art for my church in Akron Ohio, Akron Christian Reformed Church. I got married and had a baby, and then we moved to Morgantown for my husband's job. I would love nothing more to be an art Educator and an artist.  This year I decided to work hard to accomplish those goals.  


As an artist I focus on my own spirituality and spiritual journey. I grew up in a very strict oppressive fundamental church and that experience has leads the direction I take my work. I create work that has feminist tones; that comments on society and is full of conflict; and that comments on politics and the lack of grace in our culture.  All of that is coming from my personal faith and my direct experiences in my early life in the church. 


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