Tracey Clement, Dog (detail), embroidery on Irish linen, framed 350 x 350mm, 2010. Photo: Richard Glover.
James Dorahy Project Space presents:
17 May–12 June 2011
Opening drinks on Wednesday 18 May 6-8pm
One plus one doesn’t always equal two.
In her solo exhibition, 1+1=1, Tracey Clement presents embroideries, digital prints and low-tech animations which are a kind of long distance collaboration with her parents. In 1+1=1, one man plus one woman equals one child (the artist). Clement uses wit, humour and the skills her parents taught her to celebrate their contribution to her character and artistic practice.
The starting point for the work in 1+1=1 was a series of collaborative sketches Clement made with her Father when she was a child: he drew, she scribbled with crayons. In fact, despite her unconventional use of materials and techniques, Clement’s show is all about the power of drawing.
Using embroidery, one of the several traditional ‘women’s work’ skills handed down to her by her Mother, Clement has re-drawn with thread the same lines her Father made all those years ago. Clement has also transformed these drawings and given them a new life as moving images in a series of praxinoscopes and flip-books. The frowning Gecko Girl drawn by her Dad jumps into the air and smiles, Lizard Lady starts waving and cheekily pokes out her tongue, and Dog takes himself for a walk. In this way, Clement has used drawing to change the past.
Clement’s show, 1+1=1, is part of her ongoing investigation into the ability of labour intensive craft techniques to add conceptual depth to her artworks.
Tracey Clement is a writer in addition to being an artist. In 2010, after 5.5 years as editor of the Metro art page in the Sydney Morning Herald, she started a blog, The Post Post, as an outlet for her independent exhibition reviews. Clement contributes regularly to several Australian and international magazines. She has an Associate Diploma in Jewellery Design, a Bachelors Degree in Art History-Theory and a Masters of Visual Arts in Sculpture. She has exhibited widely in Australia and overseas. Clement’s work is held in both private and public collections, including the Smithsonian in Washington DC.
James Dorahy Project Space
111 Macleay Street
Potts Point NSW 2011