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Tracy Black - Artist Statement
“According to the University of Columbia’s Earth Institute blog, we discarded 49 million tons of e-waste in 2016, and that number is on track to grow to 60 million tons by 2021.
Electronic waste is growing at an alarming rate, and there’s no sign of slowing down. Currently, the amount of e-waste worldwide is growing at a rate of 1.8 million metric tons per year.” - John Aaron, Why is E-Waste Management Important in 2019? www.GetGreenNow.com
I find motivation in innovation, and building pieces that might literally transform, while hoping they transform views on materials re-imagined from the nightmares that are happening now and promised horrors for the future. I consider my work to be multi-sensory, for the ever-changing textures that cling to our hopes and dreams. I believe magnifying the options of one’s materials allows for a wider spectrum of audiences to take in what is considered boxed in with mind locking labels, such as, “fine art”. I have tried to intertwine conservancy with technology and elegance by using up-cycled Mac parts that would otherwise end up in a landfill, discarded wood, LEDs, and metal to name a few.
Named after my favorite James Bond character, "Vesper", and the Battlestar Galactica “Centurion” spacecraft, I envisioned a strong female pilot flying a magnetically epicene spacecraft, with a Valkyrie helmet on, in the cosmically sublime future.
I am honored to exhibit at the posh La Playa Gallery in La Jolla, California “…offering its patrons a unique and individual experience…” and working with the intrepid curator, Erica Putis! I am continually grateful for the support both in materials and engaging with a superb team at Basics-n-Beyond for their computer parts, the upcycled metal from Crown Steel Manufacturing and support from San Diego Makers Guild.