cambridge contemporary art

Tracey Ashman

Tracey has been has been practising printmaking for a decade and has a passion for the process, which she finds can be very exacting and challenging. Tracey finds that printmaking offers limitless creativity, in techniques that can be combined. Her preferred printmaking processes are mono-prints, silkscreen and linocuts. 

Recent print projects have been inspired by an abiding interest in textiles, which is a legacy from her mother who was a highly skilled dressmaker. From the age of five, she spent many hours in her sewing room, where she learned to sew and knit. Throughout her childhood, adolescence and adult life, stitch has played an important role in Tracey’s life during periods of illness; feeling compelled to either embroider or knit as a form of therapy, a healing process.

Tarcey began to incorporate stitch into my printmaking processes from 2014 using the texture and form of stitch, both hand and machine, to create beautiful, unexpected marks. She uses a combination of machine stitched paper templates, machine stitched lace, dry point and chine colle to evoke and explore memories, both serene and traumatic.

Tracey's latest series of prints ‘Seasons’ continues her exploration of trauma, and the process in which stitch and nature played an important role in her healing process. 

The receiving of bouquets after traumatic surgery in 2016 inspired a series of prints intending to convey the power of nature and art to heal. The dried petals and leaves convey physical fragility, whilst stitch imparts the renewal process, a metaphor for growth of new tissue that binds, mends and heals. The final culmination is the cathartic creation of the print and complete restoration of health. 

We also show Tracey's ‘Anomaly, Series I’ at the gallery which is an exploration of a traumatic childhood memory, in which stitch played an important healing process. At the age of nine Tracey underwent open-heart surgery in Papworth hospital. Her most abiding memory of that period the peaceful hours spent knitting with her mother whilst recovering.

The ‘Anomaly Series I’, uses a photo stencil of hand-knitted wire and knitting needles as the starting point for developing and exploring imagery to visualize the healing aspect of stitch during what was a traumatic experience. The series portrays the two-fold aspects of physical and emotional healing; casting one stitch, then many, knitting into each and creating a fabric is a process which heals and protects the psyche, much like human cells that replicate to produce tissue that binds, seals and protects. Stitch can therefore be seen as a metaphor for growth and renewal, and a healing and mending of both mind and body.

 

The works illustrated below are intended to give you a taste of what the gallery has to offer, please email us on info@cambridgegallery.co.uk or call us on 01223 324222 to find out which pieces are currently available.


‘Summons’ explore a brain tumour operation I underwent in 2016. The series of prints hope to translate a personal insight to my experience, which was amplified by the possible risks of memory loss and motor impairment. My mothers’ legacy of imparting the recuperative powers of craft has created a powerful belief in the use of stitch as a metaphor for growth and renewal. I also entrusted to the Goddesses’ of healing, inspired by the medical code of ethics.

Summoning Laso

etched lino and silkscreen

15x15cm

£195 framed £155 unframed

Summoning Asclepius

Etched lino and silkscreen

£295 framed £245 unframed

Summoning Athena

etched lino and silkscreen

15x15cm

£195 framed £155 unframed

Summoning Minerva

etched lino and silkscreen

£325 framed £275 unframed

Summoning Hygieia

etched lino and silkscreen

15x15cm

£195 framed £155 unframed


Anomaly IX

linocut

18cm x 20cm

framed £195, unframed £15

Anomaly VI

linocut

19cm x 21cm

framed £195, unframed £155

New Anomaly X

linocut & silkscreen

32cm x 38cm

framed £395, unframed £325

Anomaly XI

silkscreen & linocut

32cm x 38cm

framed £395, unframed £325

Anomaly II

linocut

20cm x 23cm

framed £195, unframed £155

Anomaly V

linocut

32cm x 38cm

framed £395, unframed £32

Anomaly VII

linocut

16cm x 16cm

framed £175, unframed £135

Anomaly I

silkscreen and linocut

20cm x 21cm

framed £195, unframed £155

Anomaly III

silkscreen

28cm x 31cm

framed £395, unframed £325

Anomaly IV

silkscreen & linocut

26cm x 32cm

framed £295, unframed £240

Anomaly VIII

linocut & mono print

16cm x 16cm

framed £175, unframed £135