Tracy McDowall

White Sliced Vessel, 2022

36 × 13 × 13 cm
Coming from a painting and drawing background, I have enjoyed playing with a new medium to make marks and explore surfaces.

Clay allows me to scratch, layer, texture, colour and etch in a range of different ways that 2D media will not allow.

Thinking in a more 3D way has been a welcome challenge. I love the process of handbuilding with slabs – working at piecing together each slab like a jig saw puzzle, letting the clay dictate the final form and scale of each pot. Cutting into each slab – slicing, incising, pressing, cutting – the fragility it causes to each slab as I construct and make each piece makes me slow down and problem solve with each element of the build. I like to think of the slabs as being pieces of paper – often working with scissors to cut and shape the clay.

In this collection I have attempted to create a series of vessels which fuse both my love of working with paper with the possibilities of clay.
I graduated from QUT with an Honours Degree in Visual Art in 1992. I was a practicing artist for a few years after finishing my studies, having a number of solo shows. I started an arts business in 1994 working in schools teaching children art throughout South East Queensland and Sydney called RAW Art, and also have had my own family – both of which have largely removed me from the art world. While I have always continued making my art, it is only over the past couple of years that I have become re-engaged with my art practice, creating and exploring both ceramic and mixed media pieces. My last show was in a group show ‘Vessel’ at Vacant Assembly in West End, Brisbane exhibiting my ceramic work.
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