February - April 2012
The West Gallery, Quay Arts, IW
Photos: Steve Thearle
‘So the exhibition takes you from explosive curves to the abstract paintings, and also to a draped sail of photographic images, machine-stitched with a red thread. The thread remains on its reel and is part of the exhibit, something which could be overlooked at first but once noticed is a stunning visual metaphor.
“I walk every day among the ancient woodland around my house, and I take my camera out. It’s my way of unravelling, to present what’s inside in an outward appearance. These are thought processes and the memories and the responses – but they are tethered to the ground before they disappear from your thought process.”
Getting out the sewing machine to hold down your thoughts is a wonderful amalgam of ethereal artistry and practical craft. “Stitching the paper can be quite meditative,” she says as she recalls the order with which she placed the photographs. “They repeat, as memories do as they come back to you – but sometimes they turn and become a different thought but with the same connotations.”
The resulting dreamscape drape, almost a still from a black and white movie of her life, might seem to be a completely separate project from the strong and bold sculptures, but actually they are very much part of the same project: “These [the dreams] are the ethereal bits that can leave you, and these [sculptures] are the grounding bits. I was working in the studio, painting stitching the paper work, and started playing with sheets of painted paper. I cut into them and created tiny three-dimensional maquettes, and they helped me make sense of the 3-D project we’ve been working on that was the house. It was to do with the volume of the shadow and light and the spaces in between, and the emotional points of it.”
Text from ‘Hold That Thought’ by Roz Whistance. Style of Wight Magazine 2012
LIVES of SPACES is an autobiographical exhibition, featuring large scale enamel and steel sculptures, murals, paper installations and vibrant abstract paintings of textured acrylic and graphite.
These enamel and steel sculptures are Traxler’s ‘exploded paintings’.
A limited edition book about Traxler’s work with essays by art critic and author Peter Davies and artist and lecturer Jonathan Parsons accompanied the exhibition.