We’re a huge fan of Tracey Deep‘s work and we’re so honoured to be hosting her latest exhibition with us here for the second year in a row. The work is stunning and a few of our excited customers and clients have purchased a few of these pieces as well. You only have until Aug 3 to be able to see the beautiful show, “Spirit” for yourself – so don’t miss out! We caught up with Tracey to find out a little bit more about her method, her materials, and what brings her joy.
Koskela: Tell us about the show-stopping, circular burnt piece. This piece seems to blur the the line between sculpture and drawing, as the charred ends leave beautiful marks on the wall. What was the thinking behind that piece? Is the mark-making on the wall a new element of your work?
Tracey Deep: “Sun spirit ( show stopper burnt piece) was inspired from a trip to Uluru where I was overseeing 4 commissioned sculptures (which you have 3 versions of floating in the exhibition – named spirit) at the sails in the desert resort. The intense ochre of Uluru & kata tjuta , the burnt remnants of eucalyptus trees, inspired the evolution of ‘sun spirit’.
The experience has left a permanent mark on me as the piece does on the wall reminiscent of the beautiful & harshness of the bush that weave their tales of the indigenous spirit & their inspirational connection to the land.
This piece seems to connect to everybody that views it. It seems to have a spirit of its own that radiates all eyes that fall upon it. The markings were a wonderful afterthought & just keeps me inspired with the wonders of creating.”
K: What are your favourite materials to work with? You work with a lot of natural materials such as kelp, raffia, driftwood. Do you collect these elements yourself? You seem to approach working with the metal coils the same way you would driftwood. How do you feel about intertwining both organic and inorganic materials in the same collection of work?
TD: “I love the diversity of materials I stumble upon. Whether it be industrial or organic, I am firstly attracted to the texture of the material, secondly the shape & thirdly the colour. The material seems to tell me what form it will take whether it’s whimsical , playful, poetic, drawing on the overwhelming inspiration from nature. My end result is to create something that will evolve into something organic even if the material is industrial.”
K: The shadows are amazing! Does the form of the shadow play any part in the creation of the sculptural form? Obviously the shadow would change depending on where the work was hung. Where do you hope these works will live when they leave the gallery walls?
TD: “Shadows play a huge role in my sculpture & installation. It’s the spirit of the work. It is the added surprise element & what pulls at my heart strings.
The shadow at times can bring me to tears as it creates it’s own ‘drawing’ of my sculpture which I could never do with such poetic lightness & graphic detail , that only a shadow can replicate which also changes with the play of light. It’s the magical moment in my work. This keeps feeding my creativity & inspires new works. I love seeing where my works go, they seem to find homes in the bush or by the sea, it’s very wide ranging. ‘Sun sprit’ will be residing in a newly built retreat in the southern highlands which was discovered by an interior designer who is based in LA & sourcing a piece for his project. I have just realised my pieces seem to be commissioned for retreats, resorts places where you go to relax, unwind & be pampered. They also go to private homes to warm up a living space with something made by hand, that organic piece that has touched you in some way & left its mark. The Corporate world also enjoy my works for that added natural organic hand made element & sculptural qualities. The Macquarie group have acquired one of my sculptures For their collection, this was a huge honour.”
K: We know from having you curate our living plants, flowers, succulents and cacti on a regular basis in the showroom (as well as your perfect Instagram name “@floralsculptures“) that a sculptural element is always present in whatever you create. Which came first in your creative path – organic materials or the sculptures?
TD: “My sculpture evolved from my floral sculpture works. I found working with nature , creating with organic forms , shapes & textures was actually teaching me ‘ the art of seeing’. My eye was gravitating towards texture,pattern, shape & colours that inspired playing with & creating through weaving & repetition of material evolving into sculptural forms.”
K: Here at Koskela we want to know what brings our staff, customers, collaborators and clients joy. What brings you Joy?
TD: “My sculpture brings me great joy. I can create all day & into the evening & have no idea of time, my passion for what I do feeds my soul with inspiration, nurturing evolving works. It’s so much fun playing all day ( in between my floral sculpture commissions) & working towards my annual exhibitions & commissions. I like to dedicate as much time as possible to playing with materials as this is where ideas evolve.”
Tracey Deep – “Spirit” Koskela Gallery 1/85 Dunning Avenue 2018 July 12-Aug 3 2014 All artworks are available for sale. Email email@example.com for prices.