Shadow Poem exhibition at Sturt Craft Centre

IN THE SHADOWS: Tracey Deep's new exhibition 'Shadow Poem' captures the contrast between object and shadow, and is now on display at the Sturt Craft Centre, Mittagong. Photo: Claire Fenwicke

IN THE SHADOWS: Tracey Deep's new exhibition 'Shadow Poem' captures the contrast between object and shadow, and is now on display at the Sturt Craft Centre, Mittagong. Photo: Claire Fenwicke

NATURE’S poetry through shadow has been captured in a new exhibition by sculptor and installation artist Tracey Deep.

Famous for her floral art, Tracey has created intricate pieces using raw materials, both organic and man-made.

Shadow Poem is the result of her exploration away from flowers, an installation where the shadows cast by the pieces are just as important as the art itself.

Tracey said her pieces were inspired by the shapes nature was able to produce in all environments.

“The shadows created in nature, and now in the works, pull at the heartstrings,” she said.

“The shadow makes the piece look like a beautiful, light organism, yet are made from harsh materials.

Tracey has used materials such as cork tree, grasses, rusted wire, bamboo, driftwood and bra underwire to create the works.

She has used hand sewing and repetition in many of the pieces to reflect the patterns found in nature.

“It’s all about the patterns, shapes, textures and movement,” she said.

“The works are all about line and shape, and then the beautiful shadows they create.”

Tracey sourced her materials from a number of places, from her bush walks to donations and building sites.

“I found the rusted wire used in the piece ‘Desertscape’ when I was driving my kids home from school,” she said.

“I saw workers at a house renovation throwing out sheets of steel reinforcing, so I stopped and asked for it.

“I then tortuously played with it, pulled it apart, and created the circular shape.”

Tracey’s exhibition is open to the public at the Sturt Craft Centre, corner of Range Road and Waverley Parade, Mittagong, and will be on display until November 13.

Tracey will also hold a one-off workshop where she will teach participants how to work with rare indigenous flora, seed pods and berries to create a sculptural piece to take home.

The workshop will be held from 1.00pm to 4.00pm on October 29.

For more information, visit www.sturt.nsw.edu.au

More of Tracey’s works can be viewed at https://www.instagram.com/floralsculptures/

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