Tracey kearns - 'Piecemeal' exhibition of Polaroid emulsion-lift photographs, 14 April-6 May 2023, Photospace Gallery, Wellington NZ
'Piecemeal' is the artist's exploration of their experience of trauma and trauma therapy. It is a visual and personal representation of how trauma has affected their sense of self, how it has fragmented and fractured all aspects of the self and bled into all facets of their life. But it also about how recovery from trauma is making sense of ourselves; it is taking the slow process of looking at individual parts of ourselves, our childhoods, our intergenerational trauma, and reforming ourselves back into something whole again, something functional, although never final. The pieces we pick up and rearrange may resemble our old selves, and they often fit together in familiar, sometimes disturbing and unexpected ways.
The artist has shot the series on Polaroid I-Type film, then lifted the emulsions, rearranging and layering them onto watercolour paper.
'Piecemeal' runs from 5pm on Friday 14 April (opening) to Saturday 6th May, 2023, at Photospace Gallery, 1st floor 37 Courtenay Place, Wellington.
Normal gallery hours are 10am-3pm Monday-Friday, 11am-2pm Saturday, closed Sundays and public holidays. Admission is free, artworks are for sale.
Tracey Kearns has shown at Photospace Gallery previously in 2011, 2012 and 2014.
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