I love Tracey Deep’s work. The latest exhibition “Bloom” was opened by another favourite woman Sally Campbell at the intimate and gorgeous little gallery Saint Cloche Gallery last week. I have posted a few of the works here but if you can I would encourage a visit to this show.
I’d also like to recommend supporting this little gallery, Director Kitty Clark is a great supporter of mid career female artists.
8 – 20 May 2018
Celebrated artist and sculptor of nature, Tracey Deep, thrills us yet again with her latest body of work entitled ‘Bloom’. This body of work is a celebration of the ethereal beauty of nature’s poetic imagination, its delicate playful lines, fragile whimsical shapes and strikingly luscious textures.
As with all of Tracey’s work, she harnesses nature’s ephemeral qualities to inspire pieces which embody a transitional beauty, and in doing so become a sentimental preservation of the original form. ‘Bloom’ is a magical manifestation of her perspective of nature’s aura, and its lightness of being.
Tracey Deep, like many other writers, philosophers and artists of her time, is engaged with nature in ways that are without foregrounded knowledge. Humans no longer comprehend the difference between nature and culture. We no longer can distinguish between the experience of the natural world and the reality of its lingering parts. Since the early 19th century, the sum of nature’s parts has become obfuscating. By this I mean that we need to return to the parts – the plants, the trees, the grasses, the insects and fauna – in order to reconnect with the larger ecologies and ideas of nature. We have forgotten nature, we have forgotten how to respond to, and with, natural things.
It is artists such as Deep to whom we turn to remind us of the smell of grasses, the Mobius turn of a flower, the fractal repetition of small to large leaves. There is so much mathematical, philosophical and chemistry knowledge embedded in nature and yet, still, we plunder the forests and mine the land for the sake of short term jobs. Most of us are pragmatic, but some of us (often the artists and writers) are sickened by what we are doing. Perhaps if we pay attention to Tracey Deep’s meshes of natural fibres, her epiphyte mosses and her bearded U-shaped stick weavings, we will look back at nature and remember who we are.
Dr Prue Gibson
(Author The Pharmacy of Plants)
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