Tracey Deep – Art As Second Nature
By Maria Maung - Images Courtesy of the artist
There is something about local Sydney artist Tracey Deep’s work that draws you in and stirs an innate sense of connection. Upon the opening of her latest exhibition “shadow” we caught up with Tracey to discuss her use of unique recycled and natural materials and the organic evolution of her art.
Describe your art?
My art is using found and organic materials to create 3 dimensional sculpture and installations by transforming original materials into something totally new, distancing the piece from its original form. It’s sensitive to the environment and inspires rescuing, recycling and appreciation of beauty in the everyday once transformed.
How did you develop your techniques in working with such unique materials?
My inspiration is drawn from nature, so materials I source always have a connection to nature whether it be from its texture, shape or colour. I don’t limit myself with material type. If it speaks to me, I jump at it and just play, this usually transforms into a new piece.
Is there a running theme or message within your art?
My art seems to send a message of appreciation of materials that you may have had a connection with at some stage in your life and enjoying the possibilities of what can be interpreted, a different way of seeing. They seem to speak to people in different ways, they can draw you in and take you somewhere.
What influences you as an artist?
My first art making was creating floral sculptures which is what I still do alongside my sculpture. Working with nature, playing with different shapes, textures, colours over the years has trained my eyes to see and appreciate mother nature’s beauty and brilliance. This is where all my inspiration is drawn constantly.
What do you want the viewer to take away from your art?
I love when the viewer looks at my work and responds with an emotional connection, this really brings me great happiness, when I see this beautiful connection to something I have created. It’s always a very special surprise element to what I do. I create pieces to give the viewer a sense of happiness, appreciation of the unexpected, enjoying and sharing what I am seeing and creating.
What triggers new inspirations for you?
My upcoming exhibition "shadow" has inspired the next exhibition I will start working on. Each exhibition seems to bring new ideas and more inspiration, as well as travel and natures never-ending inspiration.
What challenges you as an artist?
I love being challenged constantly with new material, new ideas, it’s all about play and being open to trying new and different things.
When you aren't working what are you up to?
When I'm not working I'm some where in nature, walking just being mesmerized by more beauty, refueling and being inspired.
Any advice for up and coming creatives?
I think it’s important for an upcoming artist to firstly be very passionate, love what you do and find your own individual voice and be confident in that path.
Where can we see more of your work?
My upcoming exhibition "Shadow" opens at the Depot Gallery on Danks St Waterloo. It’s up until the 6th September. I also have a studio in great Buckingham St Redfern where I keep some works and where I am always creating more pieces for upcoming exhibitions and art commissions.
Be sure to check out “Shadow” Opening Tuesday 26 August 2014 6-8pm Exhibition 26 August – 6 September 2014 at The Depot Gallery 3/2 Danks St Waterloo NSW 2017 Gallery hours 10am - 6pm Tuesday to Saturday
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