Artist Statement: Tracy Thomson, AOCA CSPWC
After all my many stylistic shifts and thematic explorations throughout the years, 2014 was a pivotal year. I rented my 2nd studio, called it “The Boiler Room”....because it was literally the dusty sooty boiler room at 100 Symes Rd. Here, alone in this inspiring space, my abstract, figurative and narrative work, all began coming together into what I consider the spring point to today. My current work in my 3rd studio is my purest expression so far, not unlike when I was 4. This work can apply to a few isms..Biomorphism, Expressionism, Symbolism. It is a visual depiction, or record, of how I process life today and how I imagine the future. It isn’t nationalistic, in fact it isn’t representative of any one place or thing, in our world today. It comes from the depths of my being..the good the bad and the ugly..all welcome here! I’m immensely moved by nature..and I’m also extremely concerned for nature, as we experience the fallout from climate change. When left to it’s own devices, nature is a beautifully balanced, well oiled machine that has the immense power to soothe or seethe, at will. I’m also fascinated by human nature in all its complexities and the role in which we all play in the decimation and remediation of nature. I find myself looking to the future and what our environment might look like. I’m not a landscape painter, I don’t care to replicate nature as we know it, though I’m fascinated by what we don’t know and can only imagine. My process driven work is sometimes fearful, often joyful, occasionally humorous and far fetched..yet always hopeful. Frequently set within an imagined landscape format, or an abstracted space, where fictional biomorphics, invented beings and dwellings often float to the surface of their own volition. My current narrative is “where do we go from here?” and hopefully for the viewer, my work will at the very least, lend a sense of wonder.
Tracy Thomson is a Toronto painter, living and working on the shores of Lake Ontario. “I’ve practiced art pretty much since the age of 4 where I did what I consider my best work..narrative drawings with sharp pencil on cardboard or paper. I’ve been trying to return to that kind of pure expression ever since.” Tracy studied at OCA, her 2nd and 3rd year in Fine Art and was awarded the Nora E. Vaughn Scholarship. Wishing to explore the “empty space surrounding the figure”, she made an abrupt change in direction, to the Experimental Art dept, housed in the Stewart building. “The studios were spacious and allowed me freedom to work abstractly under Coughtry, Raynor and other wonderful artists, on large canvases. The two areas of study proved to create a turning point, the best of both worlds and a great way to finish off my graduating year.”
Tracy has taught art, become a member of The Canadian Society of Painters in Watercolour, worked at book illustration and painted consistently. Exhibiting throughout Ontario and Italy with private collections in Canada, The Netherlands, USA and Italy. During her travel in Italy 2011, she was honoured to be asked to submit a painting to the Canadian Collection in the historic Centro d’arte e Cultura Alberto di Giovanni gallery in Roccamorice, Italy, where “A Winter’s Walk” still resides to this day.