MY BIO

Two of my great passions in life are the environment and painting. Through painting I question our role in relation with nature as I seek to spread the awareness that the natural world is threatened both directly by human abuse and indirectly by overpopulation. It is obvious that we – modern society – have become increasingly detached from nature and in order to secure a place for future generations (all species alike) it is vital that we tune ourselves in with the environment and regain greater awareness of our planet and thus take better responsibility of it.

Environmental themes have always dominated my paintings yet a passion for the human form is ever present. I portray nature and our ecosystem as a figure that we can directly relate to and understand expressions. Often the human form is depicted as a substitute where native animals should be, fragile and exposed, or shown symbolic of all humanity and its power over nature. These paintings expose the fragility and grief our Mother Nature endures.

The truth is that we are part of nature as anything else, we are made up of the same elements and our bodies can tune into the same vibrations, but ultimately, WE are nature.

Tracie MacVean CV

Employment

January 2019 – April 2019: Art class facilitator, Westside Community Centre, West Albury
October 2017 – February 2018: Daily portraiture at Dean Street Marketplace, Albury
8th February 2016 – 25th May 2016: Art class facilitator, MAMA, Albury
June 2013 – April 2016: Art class facilitator, Age Concern, Albury
14th September 2012 – current: Co-ordinator of GIGS Artists’ Studios, Wodonga
11th February 2012 – current: Volunteering at GIGS Art Gallery, Wodonga

Education

2015 – 2017: Bachelor of Creative Arts and Design (Fine Art)Charles Sturt University
2008 – 2012:Completed Advanced Diploma of Fine ArtsAlbury Riverina TAFE

Murals/Community based events

Permanent display – 12m x 1.8m Mural commissioned by Early Years Academy childcare, Thurgoona NSW
Permanent display – 34m x 2m community-based Mural commissioned by Westside Community Centre, West Albury NSW
Hand-painted car for “The Shitbox Rally 2019” commissioned by Brook Ratcliff
Permanent display – 18m x 2.2m Shopfront Mural commissioned by The Goddess Emporium, Albury NSW
26th – 28th January – Freelance ephemeral chalk drawing highlighting threatened species, collaboration with Banana Joe, Noreuil Park Albury NSW
Permanent display – 7m x 2m “Mural for Sustainability”, collaboration with Banana Joe, community crowd-funded, The Sustainable Activities Centre, Wodonga Vic
Permanent display – 2m x 1.2m freelance Mural, GIGS Artists’ Studios, Lincoln Causeway Wodonga Vic
6th February 2018 – 5th February 2019, Painted Cube Courtyard Piano commissioned by Wodonga Council, Wodonga Vic
26th January – Freelance ephemeral chalk drawing highlighting threatened species, collaboration with Banana Joe, Noreuil Park Albury NSW
16th and 17th January – Youth chalk drawing workshop, collaboration with Banana Joe commissioned by Wodonga Council, Baranduda Skatepark Vic
13th Nov – current, 3m x 1m chalk mural collaboration with Banana Joe, commissioned by Cocoa Collective, Albury NSW
Permanent display – 10m x 2m Mural, commissioned by Calm Companions, Gold Coast, Queensland
Permanent display – NBN Box Vinyl Wrap – commissioned by Wodonga Council, Wodonga Vic
Permanent display – collaboration with Liquid Murals, commissioned by Glenrowan Tourist Centre, Glenrowan Vic
Permanent display – 4m x 4m Mural, commissioned by Possum Works, Albury NSW
3rd – 31st March 2015, “Marchies” community shopfront exhibition, Myrtleford CBD, Vic
31st Sept, “Zombie Walk” community workshop, commissioned by Wodonga Council, Wodonga Vic
15th Sept – 17th Oct, “Easy Being Green” interactive display using recycled materials, commissioned by Albury Council, Albury Library/Museum NSW
12th July, collaboration with Dan Mahon, painting on Albury Art Gallery hoarding, commissioned by Albury Council NSW
20th Feb, Painted Ping Pong table commissioned by Wodonga Council, Wodonga Vic
28th Feb – 11th March, Sculpture for “Todos Arte” Community Arts Festival, Wodonga Vic

Exhibitions

17th April – 13th May 2018, “Other Places and Inner Spaces” Group exhibition Gigs Art Gallery, Wodonga
25th Jan – 25th Feb 2018, “From The Heart” Group exhibition Gigs Art Gallery, Wodonga
31st Nov – 5th Dec 2017, Solo exhibition The Secret Cup Café, Wodonga
13th Dec 2016 – 5th Feb 2017, “Collectively 2016” Members exhibition Gigs Art Gallery, Wodonga
12th – 7th Aug, “Fear Uprooted” Solo Exhibition Gigs Art Gallery, Wodonga
2nd Dec 2015 – 24th Jan 2016, “Collectively 2015” Members exhibition Gigs Art Gallery, Wodonga
15th July – 9th Aug, “Analogous” Members exhibition Gigs Art Gallery, Wodonga
5th Dec 2014 – 25th Jan 2015, “Encompass” Members exhibition Gigs Art Gallery, Wodonga
8th – 30th Aug 2014, “The Flourishing and the Fragile” Solo Exhibition Elvery Fine Art Gallery, Chiltern
11th Sep – 5th Oct “Borderville” Members exhibition Gigs Art Gallery, Wodonga
13th Dec 2013 – 26th Jan 2014, “Jump In” Members exhibition Gigs Art Gallery, Wodonga
2nd – 12th Jan, “StartUP” Community exhibition Bright Court House, Bright
13th – 16th Sept 2013, “Trinity College Art Exhibition Acquisitive Award” Group exhibition Trinity College, Thurgoona
24th July – 6th Aug, “Flora and Fauna” Solo Exhibition Creators Art Gallery, Wodonga
19th July – 11th Aug, “Nude” Members exhibition Gigs Art Gallery, Wodonga
21st June – 14th July, “Black and White” Group exhibition Gigs Art Gallery, Wodonga
28th March – 21st April, “Segments” GIGS Studio artist’s annual group exhibition Gigs Art Gallery, Wodonga
7th Dec 2012 – 15th Jan 2013, “Go Figure” Members exhibition Gigs Art Gallery, Wodonga
16th Nov 2012 – 15th Dec 2013, “Hume Building Society Acquisitive Contemporary Art Award” Annual art prize finalist.
Art Space, Wodonga
15th Dec 2011 – 19th Jan 2012, “Evolve” Riverina TAFE class exhibition Regional Art Gallery, Albury
28th Sept – 4th Oct, “Rock Paper Scissors” Open group exhibition Creators Art Gallery, Wodonga
24th Aug – 6th Sept “Transient” Joint exhibition with J. Sutherland Gigs Art Gallery, Wodonga
13th Dec 2009 – 9th Jan 2010, “Manna” Riverina TAFE class exhibition Regional Art Gallery, Albury
21st – 31st Aug, “Presence” Solo Exhibition Creators Art Gallery, Wodonga
18th Dec 2009 – 15th Jan 2010, “Bricolage” Riverina TAFE class exhibition Regional Art Gallery, Albury
18th Dec 2008 – 15th Jan 2009, “Collect” Riverina TAFE class exhibition Regional Art Gallery, Albury

Awards

2015: “People’s Choice” for “Encompass” exhibition, Gigs Art Gallery
2015: “People’s Choice” for “Nude” exhibition, Gigs Art Gallery.
“Emerging Artist Award” Chiltern Art Show, Chiltern Community Hall

contact me

I have the belief that artists and art-making has the potential to point out the importance of environmental integrity – through speaking to emotion and passion for nature. Admiration for nature is intrinsic for all of us, yet it is something we deny or neglect through day-to-day living. As artists, we have the capability to connect with society and direct public attention. My work is intended to inspire change that may help sustain a healthy planet.

If you wish to contact me, email tmacvean@hotmail.com