David Kaye Gallery » Tracey Lawko

Oh Canada!
July 6 - August 6, 2017
Meet the artist: Thursday, July 6, 6:00 - 8:00 p.m.

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Change Enables Growth
March 3 - 27, 2016
Meet the artist: Wednesday, March 16, 6:00 - 8:00 p.m.

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A textile art installation presenting the cycle of change (status quo, change event, loss, hope, growth and renewal) using trees as metaphor.

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Change Enables Growth, Winter (detail), quadriptych, 2016, thread, fabric, image 40 X 12 in.
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Change Enables Growth, Spring (detail), quadriptych, 2016, thread, fabric, image 40 X 16 in.
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Change Enables Growth, Summer, (detail), quadriptych, 2016, thread, fabric, image 40 X 20 in.
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Change Enables Growth, Fall (detail), quadriptych, 2016, thread, fabric, image 40 X 24 in.

GALLERY

Tracey Lawko, Maple Leaves, 2016, thread, fabric (set of 12), size variableTracey Lawko, Red Oak (bark study), 2016, wool, mohair, thread, fabric, 45 X 19 X 2 in.Tracey Lawko, Sugar Maple (bark study), 2016, wool, mohair, thread, fabric, 45 X 12 X 2 in.Tracey Lawko, Winds of Change, 2016, thread, fabric, mixed metals, paint , 5 X 15 X 1.5 ft.Tracey Lawko, Winds of Change (detail), 2016, thread, fabric, mixed metals, paint , 5 X 15 X 1.5 ft.Tracey Lawko, Winds of Change (detail), 2016, thread, fabric, mixed metals, paint , 5 X 15 X 1.5 ft.Tracey Lawko, Change Enables Growth, 2016, thread, fabric (quadriptych), 41 1/2 X 88 in.Tracey Lawko, Change Enables Growth (detail Winter, image: 40 X 12 in.), 2016, thread, fabric (quadriptych), 41 1/2 X 88 in.Tracey Lawko, Change Enables Growth (detail Spring, image: 40 X 16 in.), 2016, thread, fabric (quadriptych), 41 1/2 X 88 in.Tracey Lawko, Change Enables Growth (detail Summer, image: 40 X 20 in.), 2016, thread, fabric (quadriptych), 41 1/2 X 88 in.Tracey Lawko, Change Enables Growth (detail Autumn, image: 40 X 24 in.), 2016, thread, fabric (quadriptych), 41 1/2 X 88 in.Tracey Lawko, Birch 1, 2016, silk: organza, dupioni, thread, 48 X 26 in., (dupioni- a rough slubbed silk fabric woven from the threads of double cocoons)Tracey Lawko, Birch 3, 2016, silk: organza, dupioni, thread, 72 X 54 in., (dupioni- a rough slubbed silk fabric woven from the threads of double cocoons)Tracey Lawko, Birch 2, 2016, silk: organza, dupioni, thread, 48 X 26 in., (dupioni- a rough slubbed silk fabric woven from the threads of double cocoons)Tracey Lawko, Change Enables Growth, Exhibition installation views.Tracey Lawko, Change Enables Growth, Exhibition installation views.Tracey Lawko, Change Enables Growth, Exhibition installation views.Tracey Lawko, Change Enables Growth, Exhibition installation views.Tracey Lawko, Change Enables Growth, Exhibition installation views.Tracey Lawko, Change Enables Growth, Exhibition installation views.Tracey Lawko, Change Enables Growth, Exhibition installation views.Tracey Lawko, Change Enables Growth, Exhibition installation views.Tracey Lawko, Change Enables Growth, Exhibition installation views.

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Glen Huron Stitches
November 14 - December 22, 2013

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While here I stand, not only with the sense
Of present pleasure, but with pleasing thoughts
That in this moment there is life and food
For future years.

William Wordsworth, Lines composed above Tintern Abbey, 1798

My densely stitched landscapes celebrate the calming pastoral scenes of rural Ontario. The scenes are views around my studio, located in the hills of the Niagara Escarpment near Creemore, Ontario. It is farm country. The fields grow hay, winter wheat and corn, and are home to herds of cattle and sheep. Hedgerows divide the farms and create a patchwork through the hills. I love the views in all directions, the long and the short, and in all seasons. When I look at these views, my lungs open and I breathe.

The hills, forests, and farms provide a sense of stability and yet they are constantly changing. They change with the seasons, time of day, weather and with the hand of mankind.

Wind is the constant on our Niagara Escarpment hill – through every season. On a cold, crisp winter day, a cool winter sun glows over the wind-carved snow. The pattern of light and shadow created by the sculpted ridges of snow leads us to appreciate the beauty of the rolling hills, even in a monochromatic winter palette.

Through the hedgerow at the edge of our property, we see the barn of a neighbouring farm. However, it is now just a memory. The farmer has retired and the new owner has demolished the barn. Our desires for local food is increasing as the producers of that food, the farmers, are disappearing.

Creating my stitched landscapes is like painting with a single-hair brush. I draw a cartoon outlining the major shapes and colour areas of a scene. I use the cartoon as a pattern to cut coloured pieces of fabric and assemble those onto a base for stitching. I then machine stitch over the fabric with 30-50 different colours of standard-weight sewing thread (hence the reference to a single-hair brush) using a longarm sewing machine for its full mobility for freemotion stitching. I layer stitches to create different textures for each element in the composition until the base fabrics essentially disappear and a rich tapestry of colour and texture result.

This time-consuming process is my way of appreciating, documenting, and honouring the world around me.

GALLERY

Tracey Lawko, Spring Thaw Study, 2013, mixed threads, 12 X 9 in., framed, SOLD.Tracey Lawko, Light in the Clearing Study, 2012, mixed threads, 12 X 9 in., framed, SOLD.Tracey Lawko, 2011, Through the Hedgerow, mixed threads, 18 X 24 in.,framedTracey Lawko, 2012, Hay Bales Study, mixed threads, 10 X 12 in., framedTracey Lawko, Daybreak, 2011, mixed threads, 12 X 16 in., framed, SOLD.Tracey Lawko, Winter Sunrise Study, 2011, mixed threads, 8 X 10 in.Tracey Lawko, Windswept Snow, 2012, mixed threads, 20 X 26 in.Tracey Lawko, Daisy Field, 2013, mixed threads, 10 X 12 in., framedTracey Lawko, Backlit Grasses, 2013, mixed threads, 12 X 16 in., framedTracey Lawko, Wildflower Fields, 2013, mixed threads, 11X 14 in., framedTracey Lawko, January Sunset, 2013, mixed threads, 11 X 28 in.Tracey Lawko, Windswept Snow Study, 2012, mixed threads, 10 X 12 in., SOLD.Tracey Lawko, Old Maples, 2013, mixed threads, 12 X 18 in., SOLD.Tracey Lawko, Glen Huron Stitches, Exhibition installation view.Tracey Lawko, Glen Huron Stitches, Exhibition installation view.Tracey Lawko, Glen Huron Stitches, Exhibition installation view.Tracey Lawko, Glen Huron Stitches, Exhibition installation view.Tracey Lawko, Glen Huron Stitches, Exhibition installation view.Tracey Lawko, Glen Huron Stitches, Exhibition installation view.Tracey Lawko, Glen Huron Stitches, Exhibition installation view.Tracey Lawko, Glen Huron Stitches, Exhibition installation view.

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Wisps of Cloud, 2012, mixed threads, 11 X 14 in., SOLD.