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Tracy Peters

March 14, 2018

Tracy Peters uses photography, video, and installation to examine the interactions between organic and human environments. In her site-responsive studio practice, she carries out multi-sensory experiments in constantly changing environments. Her immersive installations and videos are largely based in the photographic process. She has been awarded grants from the Manitoba Arts Council and the Winnipeg Arts Council, as well as residencies that include a partnership between Void Gallery and the Social Studios and Gallery in Derry, Northern Ireland; the Deep Bay Residency program in Riding Mountain National Park, Canada; and the ArtCenter/South Florida-MAWA artist exchange program in Miami Beach. Her current exhibition, Littoral Landscape, is on view until April 7 at Gallery 1C03 in the University of Winnipeg. Her artist talk will take place in Room 2M70 on March 14 at 12:30 p.m.

1. Interspecies competition

I am interested in the ways that human and natural environments interact. Living on the edge of the city means that I often see wildlife on my walks. The encroachment of suburban housing that is taking place in my established semi-rural community is drastically changing, resulting in deforestation and wildlife displacement. This doe looks bewildered by the sign that advertises the sale of lots. Perhaps she knows that it doesn’t include her, and that eventually she and her family will have to relocate to avoid becoming road kill.

2. Shredding

For me, there is something cathartic about cutting paper. Perhaps it’s the repetitive action that helps my mind rest, or the excitement I get when transforming a photographic print into something new. This is a still image from my video Forest Floor. While slicing a photograph into threads, I contemplated a decomposing forest floor. I employ other cutting strategies in my work although I am getting the urge to shred again.

3. Collaborating with nature

I love it when nature appropriates my work. This shows a piece of photographic paper that I used for an outdoor experiment. After being left in the wind and rain, I recovered it and kept it with some other experiments on my dining room table. The next day I noticed a cocoon clinging to the inside wall of the paper. This caterpillar was resourceful in using the curled up paper as a leaf. Needless to say, I pinned it to my deck outside and two days later I found that it had emerged from its chrysalis! Now that’s collaboration!

4. Weather

What’s not to love about a dramatic prairie storm? When I was a kid, I loved the anticipation of an approaching thunderstorm. I remember the wind whipping up the curtains in my room on a hot, humid summer night. With only a light cotton sheet covering me, the air would travel through my bones, resulting in a full body shiver. The wind continues to impact the direction of my work (no pun intended). In my outdoor studio practice, I am studying the behavior and emotive power of eroding landscapes and their volatile weather systems.

5. Peripheries

I’m in this photo although you might not see me. It shows a portion of the trek that I made to my outdoor studio – a remote shoreline of Lake Winnipeg – where I carried out several multi-sensory experiments over the spring and summer of 2016. In the last three years, I have investigated the shores of various bodies of water, but this project was by far my most ambitious. Some of the work that came out of this research is in my current exhibition at Gallery 1C03.



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