Tracy McMenemy is a multidisciplinary artist, working to blur the line between photography and painting. Her work introduces an ongoing conversation between the two mediums, presenting their distinctions and similarities in innovative ways. At first glance, one cannot grasp what processes, materials and techniques McMenemy uses in her work. It is this uncertainty in the viewer that the artist attempts to capture with her distinct style across her various bodies of work.
“Photographs absorb, while paintings produce. My photographs absorb the detail, while my paintings produce an abstraction. By pushing these realities together within the same frame, I attempt to create a powerful tension between the two.”
The materiality of photography is heightened with McMenemy’s treatment of the photograph. Transferring the image onto a readymade surface, she begins this painstaking process by first removing the photographic paper using steel wool – strategically leaving behind selections of the paper to create a variance in texture. Painting, drawing and ink are then applied with the same mark-making techniques practiced in traditional painting.
McMenemy has a variety of private and corporate collectors in Toronto, Los Angeles, New York, and Vancouver.
2019, The Girls Are Coming, Vancouver Maritime Museum, Vancouver, BC
2017, Songs of the Smoke, South Main Gallery, Vancouver, BC
2016, Ghost Passages of the McKenzie Shipyards, Vancouver Maritime Museum, Vancouver, BC
2016, Arts in View, Blueshore Financial, North Vancouver, BC
2015, Arts in View, Blueshore Financial, North Vancouver, BC
2013, Drive By, Tartooful Gallery, North Vancouver, BC
2018, Eastside Culture Crawl, Vancouver, BC
2017, Arts in View, Blueshore Financial, North Vancouver, BC
2017, Eastside Culture Crawl, Vancouver, BC
2017, Parker Art Salon, Vancouver, BC
2017, Winter Showcase, South Main Gallery, Vancouver, BC
2016, Eastside Culture Crawl, Vancouver, BC
2012, Fire, Kay Meek Centre, West Vancouver, BC
2011, The Space In Between, Atta Glanz Productions & Emmanuelle Renard, Vancouver, BC
2012–2014, Artist in Residence, Four Seasons, Vancouver, BC
2011–2013, Art Teacher, Coast Resource Centre, Vancouver, BC
2011, Artist in Residence, Artemis Gallery, Deep Cove, BC
1992, Queen’s University, BA, Film Studies