Writing for Exhibition

bio

Maria Tratt is a visual artist born in Montreal. 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). Tratt has exhibited in numerous solo and group exhibitions in Vancouver, where she lives and works as a scenic artist in theatre.

 

artist statement

Taking up the tradition of figurative painting, my emerging visual art practice explores personal memory by re-imagining family photographs and slides as painted works on paper. Concerns include the trace, as painted object and inexactly reproduced line, the original, and the effects of absence on longing. Through the creation of imagined contexts of origin, the paintings investigate the role of the personal archive, the process of translation, and the attendant theme of the simultaneously intimate and distant. At stake is how these paintings as traces of the past function to generate an experience of longing when we search them for a connection to that past. Through the process of editing and embellishment, these works move across time, the question of what is being re-membered revising itself along the way.

 
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Maria Tratt
return I, 2016
pencil and gouache on paper

Maria Tratt
return II, 2016
pencil and gouache on paper

Maria Tratt
return IV, 2017
pencil and gouache on paper

Maria Tratt
return V, 2017
pencil and gouache on paper

Maria Tratt
return VI, 2017
pencil and gouache on paper

Maria Tratt
return XI, 2017
pencil and gouache on paper

Maria Tratt
return XII, 2017
pencil and gouache on paper

Maria Tratt
return XII, 2017
pencil and gouache on paper