We are delighted to announce that artist Emily Tracy has been selected as the artist for 'The Last Landscape' Heritage Lottery-funded project
Emily Tracy has created socially engaged projects which invite collaboration over many years.
Using collage, objects and collaborative research, and, inspired by museum or archive ordering systems, she works to create participatory installation, small sculptural pieces, collage and artist books. These often reflect upon our relationship with our surroundings and our changing environment.
She has invited audiences to collect and sort clutter, help reunite lost property, create collage to reflect our roller coaster lives of the last two years, and ask the question ‘What do we hold dear?’ Recent projects have been driven to explore the human desire to know, to find and to collect, and how this relates to our lives and places we live in.
Emily has created projects for The Arts Council, SPACE, Metal (Peterborough), The Museum of London (Docklands), The British Museum, The Bloomsbury Festival and Up Projects. She has presented her work at LCN (SPACE), Nunnery Gallery, Akkigalleria, Finland, and Shunt Lounge.
For b-side festival 2022
Lookout: Exploring Portland Bill with the help of local residents.
How is the environment of Portland changing?
How do the birds and insects of Portland reflect our changing climate?
What should we be asking?
Using the process of exploring, collecting and sharing curiosity, artist Emily Tracy will create an artwork inspired by local knowledge.
This project will invite local people, young and old, to take part in looking, finding and being curious. Whether you are an expert, or just up for being curious, we will be making observations, chatting and recording the special birds, insects, and more, that we find, to explore the special natural places of Portland. Emily will be creating an artwork inspired by this collaborative research using artist-books and object-assembly sculptures which will incorporate collected sound.
Emily uses artist books, objects, archive and created projects inviting community-led research to explore place through a multilayered approach, human impact, community history, geology, nature, climate change and the interwoven impact all these facets have on shaping a landscape.