Maria Tratt’s practice takes up the tradition of representational painting to address the illusory nature of memory and how we mark moments that matter. At stake is how a composite image offers insight into memory. Small painted ‘truths’ may function as place-holders for what is absent; that which can only be inexactly resurrected. Integral to my process is the sourcing of family slides and their juxtaposition and layering with other images and mediums in painted works on paper.

Born in Montreal, Maria works predominantly in the medium of painting. She holds a diploma in General Fine Arts from John Abbott College (1989), a BA with distinction in Journalism and Communications from Concordia University (1996) and a BFA from the Emily Carr University of Art and Design (2011). Maria has exhibited in numerous solo and group exhibitions in Vancouver, where she lives and works as a scenic artist in theatre.

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