Tracy Holtham: Corrugated Tears
05 August — 30 October 2022
Long Island City, New York — studioELL’s inaugural @HOME RESIDENCY will conclude with a solo exhibition by artist-in-residence, Tracy Holtham. Tracy Holtham: Corrugated Tears will be featured from 05 August through 30 October 2022 with a remote artist talk on Saturday, 06 August from 11am-12pm ET/US (4-5pm UK) and a remote screening on Saturday, 08 October from 11am-12pm ET/US (4-5pm UK). Artist talk and screening events will be held on Zoom. Follow links above to register for each event.
Tracy Holtham: Corrugated Tears is an exploration of multimedia pieces. With collage as a foundation and mental health as a root of ethos — Holtham interweaves photography, poetry, music, sound and video to further delve into how these ideas overlap throughout her studio practice. The exhibit compiles and celebrates the process of research throughout the six-month residency and brings the audience along on a journey into four areas — Listening Booth, Poetry Anthology, Video Theatre, and Photo Book.
The exhibition’s title is derived from a song name created in response to a collaged photo.
Holtham’s talk will feature a presentation about her experiences of creating remotely during the artist residency and how the visiting artist sessions inspired her multi-media practice. The screening will feature the world premier of Holtham’s first video and sound triptych piece followed by a discussion and Q&A moderated by studioELL director, John Ros.
ABOUT THE ARTIST
Tracy Holtham was born in Bradford in the UK, and is currently based in London. When young, she could be found drawing on notepads, writing poetry, and performing songs on her acoustic guitar. Tracy studied art at school, which were her favorite lessons. She couldn’t wait to get back to creating as soon as she could, and made this her life plan. Her chosen route has been varied and eclectic, from undertaking numerous adult education courses in art and design, sound and performance, to studying therapeutic approaches to art.
Tracy’s main artistic inspirations are multi-media and performative works, where audio and visual are combined. In particular, she appreciates pieces which provide presence, a deeper understanding of purpose, and truth. Tracy is curious about many things — this breadth brings elements of intrigue to her practice.
Tracy has been part of various group art shows, as well as performed her songs across London. She is a mental health advocate — her practice and performance provide space for reflection, realization and renewal.
studioELL’s @HOME RESIDENCY offers a platform for invited artists to work in their own studio, supported by critique opportunities from visiting artists throughout the residency. Resident artists share their weekly progress on studioELL.org, mount a final digital exhibition and give a remote artist lecture on work created during their time in residence.