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VIRTUAL STUDIO VISIT: TRACY TREADWELL

MAY. 18, 2021

"If the body is a house and a body has memory, then so must the house and the shelf and the door."

Tracy Treadwell, Fawn on the Water, 2020 (76” x 146” x 26”) painted corrugated tin, steel, pine, polyform boat fender

Tracy Treadwell, Fawn on the Water, 2020 (76” x 146” x 26”) painted corrugated tin, steel, pine, polyform boat fender

"Peel back the suburban lipstick of my upbringing and you’ll find layers of quiet, familial dysfunction. On the same day, I could ride my bike down to the woods, where I built poorly made sanctuaries out of whatever debris I found littered under trees, I could find myself in my mother’s bathroom, locked from the outside. I spent a considerable amount of time handling objects of sentiment, looking keenly at the molding around the brass knobbed door. The blonde rattan shelf next to the bathtub was also a revolving fixation, cluttered by dusty relics, adorned with soaps and matchbooks from places I’d never been. I hated that room; I loved that room. Throughout the rest of my adolescence, I would face similar juxtapositions – the magnificence of Tennessee’s beautiful southern landscape and the unavoidable confrontations which peppered my family’s neglected psyche. My work is a response to life’s fated incongruities, signals to others in a coded language, and articulated through material."

Tracy Treadwell, It Was Always a Wheatfield, 2021, galvanized downspout, wheat

Tracy Treadwell, It Was Always a Wheatfield, 2021, galvanized downspout, wheat

Tracy Treadwell, Virtual Studio Visit, May 2021

Tracy Treadwell, Virtual Studio Visit, May 2021

Tracy Treadwell, Buckled ‘Round, 2020 (63” x 49” x 18”) Birch veneer bendy ply, oak spindle leg, walnut, glass chandelier coffin prism

Tracy Treadwell, Buckled ‘Round, 2020 (63” x 49” x 18”) Birch veneer bendy ply, oak spindle leg, walnut, glass chandelier coffin prism

Tracy Treadwell, Untitled (Revolving Flag), 2020 (8” x 18” x 1”) steel sign, synthetic hair

Tracy Treadwell, Untitled (Revolving Flag), 2020 (8” x 18” x 1”) steel sign, synthetic hair

Tracy Treadwell, Virtual Studio Visit, May 2021

Tracy Treadwell, Virtual Studio Visit, May 2021

Tracy Treadwell, Virtual Studio Visit, May 2021

Tracy Treadwell, Virtual Studio Visit, May 2021

Tracy Treadwell, Paint the Shuttered Closet, 2020 (21” x 19” x 17”) aluminum cooking pot, shutter slats

Tracy Treadwell, Paint the Shuttered Closet, 2020 (21” x 19” x 17”) aluminum cooking pot, shutter slats

"My sculpture is concerned with the relationship material has with memory, particularly as both degrade and change over time. Much of the works relate to the size of the body and are comprised of materials that reference architecture and the skeletal, structural elements within it. Discarded objects are lyrical and alluring upon discovery due to their inherent relational qualities, while newly manufactured items rich in color, clarity, and a familiar modernity wormhole back to a destructive consumer industry from which there is no escape. This conflict is softened through a gestural elegance detached wholly from the materials. More often, the finished work demands a precarity that challenges itself, the space it occupies, and viewers within its range. This liminal space is where I’m from."

Tracy Treadwell, May 2021

Tracy Treadwell, Heralds and Their Spires, 2020 (16” x 49” x 18”) Cherub shelves, polycarbonate rod

Tracy Treadwell, Heralds and Their Spires, 2020 (16” x 49” x 18”) Cherub shelves, polycarbonate rod

Tracy Treadwell, Virtual Studio Visit, May 2021

Tracy Treadwell, Virtual Studio Visit, May 2021

Tracy Treadwell, Virtual Studio Visit, May 2021

Tracy Treadwell, Virtual Studio Visit, May 2021

Tracy Treadwell, Sweet Baby Blue (Holy Terror), 2021 (9” x 79” x 3”) painted aluminum, steel grate

Tracy Treadwell, Sweet Baby Blue (Holy Terror), 2021 (9” x 79” x 3”) painted aluminum, steel grate

Tracy Treadwell, Speck and Weave, Song for Three, 2021 (9” x 79” x 3”) painted aluminum, steel grate

Tracy Treadwell, Speck and Weave, Song for Three, 2021 (9” x 79” x 3”) painted aluminum, steel grate

Tracy Treadwell, Virtual Studio Visit, May 2021

Tracy Treadwell, Virtual Studio Visit, May 2021

Tracy Treadwell, Untitled (Revolving Flag), 2020 (8” x 18” x 1”) steel sign, synthetic hair

Tracy Treadwell, Untitled (Revolving Flag), 2020 (8” x 18” x 1”) steel sign, synthetic hair

Tracy Treadwell’s work has been featured in local and regional exhibitions in the Midsouth, including the 60th Annual Delta Exhibition in Little Rock, Arkansas, and the Southeastern College Art Conference Exhibition in Chattanooga, Tennessee. She has been awarded the President’s Purchase Award for the 36th Annual Student Show at the University of Memphis and nominated for both the Outstanding Student Achievement in Contemporary Sculpture Award through the International Sculpture Center and the Yale Norfolk Summer Residency through the Yale Norfolk School of Art. Tracy is currently an UrbanArt Commission New Public Art Sculptors Fellow.

Tracy Treadwell, When Was My Mother, My Mother Again, 2020 (24” x 9” x 12”) brass stem, cotton thread, nail

Tracy Treadwell, When Was My Mother, My Mother Again, 2020 (24” x 9” x 12”) brass stem, cotton thread, nail

Tracy Treadwell, Virtual Studio Visit, May 2021

Tracy Treadwell, Virtual Studio Visit, May 2021

Tracy Treadwell, Virtual Studio Visit, May 2021

Tracy Treadwell, Virtual Studio Visit, May 2021

Tracy Treadwell, Virtual Studio Visit, May 2021

Tracy Treadwell, Virtual Studio Visit, May 2021

Tracy Treadwell, Virtual Studio Visit, May 2021

Tracy Treadwell, Virtual Studio Visit, May 2021

Tracy Treadwell, Virtual Studio Visit, May 2021

Tracy Treadwell, Virtual Studio Visit, May 2021

Tracy Treadwell, Virtual Studio Visit, May 2021

Tracy Treadwell, Virtual Studio Visit, May 2021

* images courtesy of the artist

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