Tracy McMenemy is a multi-disciplinary artist who bridges painting, photography, installation and sculpture, and incorporates a range of techniques such as fumage, objet trouvé, and photographic transfer. She integrates artistic residency, field research, and work with museums through an investigative revealing and retelling of our historic and cultural narratives. Her work is compelled by the social dimension of art objects, from painting and sculpture to architecture and design, and from intensive research and the archival documents, images, and materials it uncovers.
McMenemy’s ongoing work with museums and archives is increasingly central to her paths of inquiry. She initiates her practice through site-specific travel and field research in context with investigations into historical images and stories that inform her understanding of places that captivate her. From here, her creative response starts with found objects – ship parts, blueprints, historical photographs, even debris from deteriorating buildings. As these infiltrate her studio they inspire a space for innovation and experimentation, a workshop to examine their physical and conceptual limitations.
The growing scope of McMenemy’s materials work to blur lines not only between established media such as photography and painting, but between artistic and non-artistic materials themselves. The utility of sailcloth is both reflected and distorted in its use as a projection surface. The symbolism of a wedding dress turns on itself through its tearing, painting, and fumage. Her work elicits an ongoing conversation between media: presenting their distinctions and similarities, and reflecting on their function in innovative ways.Beyond her work with museums and archives, Tracy McMenemy has a variety of private and corporate collectors in Toronto, Los Angeles, New York, and Vancouver.