Lot 96 - Emily Tracy - Disaster 1.
Emily Tracy makes site-specific socially engaged installation and projects in public spaces, which encourage the exploration of a place, through asking question, exploring an archive or through collecting story and histories. Alongside projects she creates studio-based work which includes collage and works on paper.
As a young artist Emily worked for 10 years at The Natural History Museum, London, with access to ‘behind the scenes’ storerooms filled with defunct cases, specimen storage and a labyrinth of scientific offices. This experience seeps into her current practice which explores the concept of archive, collections and the human desire to amass objects, image and knowledge to order and placate our sense of place within a chaotic world. She plays with the tools of archive; data containers such as CD and Vinyl sleeves, slide projector cases, encyclopaedias and photography using the medium of collage and sculptural books. She reworks the processes institutions use to house this knowledge: sorting, filing and classifying. Her current studio practice is focused on collage, artist books and small sculptural collage. She has undertaken many collaborative projects, most recently incorporating sound into artworks.
Slade School of Art. Post graduate (Painting), Brighton Polytechnic Fine Art Painting.
Emily has invited audiences to collect and sort clutter, help reunite lost property, create collage to reflect lives of older people, and ask the question ‘What do we hold dear?’ Current projects combine sound and image to explore an archive of dialect house at The University of Leeds, and include an artist residency at Portland Bird Observatory in Dorset.
Emily has created projects for The Arts Council, B-Side, Metal (Peterborough), The Museum of London (Docklands), The British Museum, The Bloomsbury Festival and Up Projects. She has presented her work with B-Side Festival, That House On Mare Street, Unit 1 Gallery, LCN (SPACE), Nunnery Gallery, Akkigalleria, Finland, and Shunt Lounge.
Statement about AOAP Submitted Artwork
Disaster 1' uses a record sleeve to hold and frame an extracted scene from a hurricane. It places 'Disaster 1' as an entry for an imaginary database.
The work draws on the shifting meaning and significance of an image, how this changes over time, and the possibilities for offering up new information or understanding, particularly in reference to our relationship to the environment and climate change.
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