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Tracy John, Artist living in Kingston


Artist's Biography

To create individual and beautiful items that engage and inspire.

I have always expressed myself through some sort of visual medium; painting, collage, pottery, bead weaving and most recently fused glass.  The "Women Recreated" project  was very interesting to me; as a women who has gone through a lot of change in my life, as well as a collage and bead artist. The other appeal was to work on a collaborative project to create something very original and powerful.

This opportunity has allowed me to approach my fused glass work this year from a very different prospective, like in the panels I have chosen to show progression, growth and empowerment I have noticed I have pushed my glass art in a similar way to produce truly individual,  flowing,  joyful and I hope powerful pieces.

Tracy's work is represented in Galleries in Toronto, Kingston, across Ontario and Los Angeles.

Artist's Statement

To change takes courage. A belief in one's self, and hard after day to gradually progress to a positive and empowered state. Human beings begin as a blank canvas upon which we gradually build ourselves, layer by layer, through experiences, thoughts, choices and beliefs to create the person we are at a particular time in our lives. My submission shows the very initial layers of colour on the canvas (G5, G6,F5, F6) which are then overlaid with additional layers of paint and paper and a few important positive statements (G5). The pieces of linen cord (G5, G6) represent strong, practical and useful thoughts in a forward and upward direction. From these start to grow moments of enlightenment and positive re-enforcements (the small interspersed beads) with overlaying and empowering thoughts as the statements become more embedded. The positive thoughts and actions gain momentum (F5, F6). Creative and powerful change is represented by the larger and denser areas of bugle beads (F5, F6) which flow into the historically deep and culturally rich craft of peyote bead weaving; tapping into hundreds of years of wisdom that supports the continuous new beliefs (statements) just below the image of the mouth (F6) which are now the new way of thinking, acting, being and celebrating.

A woman now, recreated.