“In this exhibition Tracey seeks to create a sense of the wonderment inspired by ancient forests and how quickly fire can destroy what has naturally evolved over millennia. Tracey’s ethereal installations reflect the beauty of nature. Tracey’s practice stems from her experience as a floral sculptor. Her love of organic materials perfectly plays with the weave in the natural world, everything from spider webs, to birds’ nests and interwoven forest canopies. They are so delicate allowing the eye and the air to move through them yet at the same time speak to the practical purpose that underpins natural phenomena.
Weaving plant materials or inflorescent matter is an ancient practice. Here in Australia, and in many other countries across the globe, First Nations people have used what nature grows to weave functional and ceremonial works, for day to day use for sleeping on, gathering food, carrying babies and for use in special cultural events as costume, adornment or furniture. More recently Indigenous Australians have used their ancient weaving practices to tell stories about culture, for example Tjanpi Desert Weavers weave sculptural animals and people in community.
Tracey Deep is a contemporary artist who takes her skill with plant and other natural materials and combines that with her rich thinking about the natural world to create these sculptural installations that are beautiful to look at, capture some of the awe that nature inspires and helps us to think about what a world would be like without a layered and interdependent ecology.”
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