The Abbotsford Convent presents Hearing it for Silence, an installational multidisciplinary solo exhibition of new ceramic lighting and drawings by Australian artist Sarah Tracton, on view from July 13 - 24 & continues August 17 - September 2, 2018 at St Heliers Street Gallery, Abbotsford Convent.
Tracton uses her experience of hearing loss as a catalyst to visually explore the texture of sound via the materiality of luminous porcelain lighting. She canvasses the metaphorical transition from silence towards a sound with an cyber technology - a nexus between art and technology.
Working with high-grade porcelain with exquisite translucent and luminous qualities, she constructs using a niche technique of building architectural canvass slabs, via pouring liquid slip onto plaster. Each piece is unique and creates vast variations in surface. Marbled chromatic landscape panorama coloured surfaces akin to landscape topography are the result.
Creating lighting conveys Tracton’s journey of rehabilitating her hearing with bi-neural cochlear implants. Light has a powerful effect on those who experience sensory deprivation in the form of hearing loss. With sound has come an illuminating light.
Tracton’s freehand drawings in pen are improvised with no preconceived planning, resembling 3D anatomical structures within the bionically enhanced human body. She embraces the challenge of creating a sense of enhanced dimensional form purely with line. Drawing is a meditative and hypnotic medium in which she experiences creative immersion in total silence.
“Upon becoming bionically enhanced, the atmosphere became brighter; colours and the tactility of materials became more intense. The vibrancy and connection to the world around me comes into my forms and illustrations”, says Tracton. “Colours morph and transform as they undergo their react with new atmospheres; via a collision of water, and heat. Cyber technology has enabled me a recent freedom. Working with vibrant pops of colour and the translucent light of porcelain encapsulates this feeling.”
Sarah Tracton is an award-winning multidisciplinary artist whose practice spans 2D and 3D mediums; drawing, ceramics and filmmaking. Currently Melbourne-based, she holds a BA Communications from University of Technology and a BFA from the National Art School, Sydney. Her work has been profiled in Vogue Living, the ABC and the Journal for Australian Ceramics. She is a finalist for numerous national awards, including the 2018 Macquarie Group Emerging Artist Award. This is Sarah Tracton’s first solo gallery exhibition.