Tracy McMenemy is a mixed media 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.
As a young girl McMenemy embraced the green rolling hills of Northern Ireland, the dense forests of England and the lakeside habitat of Ontario, Canada. Although her relationships with family and friends were severed migrating from country to country, her connection to place gave her a sense of belonging. These early years were instrumental in forming the artist she is today, fueling her love and attraction to the natural landscape.
McMenemy is represented by South Main Gallery in Vancouver and has a variety of private and corporate collectors in Toronto, Los Angeles, New York, Belfast and Vancouver. She currently splits her time between her studio in Vancouver and her mountain home on the coast of North Vancouver.
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
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