Artist's Statement

 

My work is currently undergoing a transition. I carry with me core themes of interest that were evident in my earlier paintings. Varying depths of field and peripheral vision are both subjects that have threaded throughout my work. In particular these were addressed in Hitchcock I & II, which explores the full range of our visual experience. Underpinned by a story board format, these paintings present a stream of consciousness visual narrative, whilst the limited palette and blurred content reinforces a suggestion of unease. 

I continue to further examine these themes, though now within the context of drawing. I am reconnecting with the fundamental art of drawing, to examine mark making as an art form in its own right. Graphite, charcoal, pencil, pen - I am exploring the use of minimal materials with which to communicate meaning.  Minimising materials, minimising the colour field, polarises the senses. Reduced information gives directed focus, but also hints at something unrevealed.

Our eyes scan and flit around our everyday world, often leaving things unseen, unregistered, unappreciated. Ordinary details and nuances are lost in an overwhelming wealth of visual information. Our peripheral environment, whilst absorbed, is often unnoticed. I seek to capture those fleeting moments. To savour and record the elusive, giving focus to those things of which we take for granted; the things we see and touch every day, to filter out the overwhelming noise and focus on examining and offering an experience, extracted from one place and time.

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Tracey Jayne Thomas

Aberystwyth, Wales

Art Training

2021 – Present

Studying for MA, Fine Art 

School of Art, Aberystwyth University

 

2010 – 2013

BA (Hons) First Class, Fine Art 

School of Art, Aberystwyth University

 

2005 – 2009

Life Drawing

CWP, Aberystwyth University  

 

2007

Oil Painting 

School of Education and Lifelong Learning, Aberystwyth University

 

2005

Life Drawing

Aberystwyth Arts Centre

 

2000 – 2002

HND Graphic Design and Illustration
Cornwall College, Camborne Cornwall

 

1998 – 2000

Advanced GNVQ Art and Design 

Penwith College, Penzance, Cornwall

Publication and Awards

2011

Frances Williams Art Prize

2009

International Artist Magazine,

10-page feature article

2009

Finalist, International Artist Magazine, art challenge

2008

Winner, public vote, Ceredigion Art Society group exhibition

Exhibitions

2013

Aberystwyth

Undergraduate Degree Show/Post Graduate Exhibition 2013, School of Art, Aberystwyth University

2009

Aberystwyth

Ceredigion Art Society, Ceredigion Museum

2008

Aberystwyth

Ceredigion Art Society, Ceredigion Museum