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Tracey Falcon

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Large Edition of 15 at 100 x 100cm Please contact artist for details for other sizes Sometimes it's easy to smile in the face of adversity. Can you ever, though, be sure that you are not being played with? Or maybe you're the one playing. I love playing with words and ideas. The Buddha is from the Ten Thousand Buddhas Temple in Hong Kong. Here he is juggling or protecting flowers made from legs and spines. Yew trees provide a base and 2 large, barely visible, spines, sentry like, flank the image on a background of gnarled and twisted branches. Trees are important to me and probably drove my work with newspaper for around 20 years until, in October 2018, I had a spinal injury and I could no longer walk. I went into lockdown way before most were aware of the phrase and so did my art practice, I lost confidence and direction and wasn’t sure how to reignite it. Mid way through the Covid19 lockdown that changed. I loved this lockdown. Cosy at home with my son not needing to try to fit in with the manic world that was on pause. Not needing to find a route via wheelchair for something resembling a new normality but not the new normal the world talked of. I began to make work again. Perhaps the pressure being taken off me was what created that spark. Whatever it was I am grateful. I am oil painting and creating digital collages and I am, once again, part of a community of artists. I am out of isolation. Eye level is different for everyone so perspectives aren’t ever the same. As a new wheelchair user my eye level has literally given me new horizons. Sometimes this is good, I’m not going to fall over so I look up more at the sky and trees. Sometimes, less desirable, in a crowded room or street I am often at groin or buttock level. These collages are compiled from manipulated photographs I have taken with my phone and show the things I can’t easily access and have to be fought for through layers of need and new priority. It preferences spines, legs and medication symbolised by toadstools and yew trees also representing mortality…. All veiling and constraining the nature I am desperate to connect with.

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Size:39.4 W x 39.4 H x 0 D in

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I am an Artist and Arts Educator. I have worked for arts and heritage organisations in Kent and as a sessional lecturer at University of Kent and also Canterbury Christ Church University. In October 2018 I became disabled and with that huge change came a big change in the direction of my artwork. I was no longer able to physically manage the newspaper artworks I had been making for almost 20 years. Eventually, after a period of having lost confidence in myself as an artist, I began working again making digital collages and oil paintings. I had developed a language, a concept and a direction through the newspaper work. One I assumed I would continue to develop, careful only to question and invite thought rather than offering opinions. I have now, metaphorically, stepped into a more personal artistic landscape - something I had shied away from in the past as I am an intensely private person - but I find myself now making work that explores what I am currently experiencing. The new perspectives that come with seeing the world from a different level of access. I am excited by colour, by suggestion, by intrigue. Nothing is particularly obvious in the digital collages, you need to look closely and ask questions of the work. What is obvious, though, is the strong connection to the natural environment, to nature and, in particular, to trees. I am also enjoying the technical aspect of painting in oils. Something I can sit and create, something I can manage.

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