Approved: 31.05.2009

Tracy Sarroff

Artist, Lecturer / academic, Teacher

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Approved: 31.05.2009

My practice is cross-media. Ideas relating to ecology and overlapping concerns between art and science underlie many of my projects, while their form stems from basic structural compositions of living things, their growth and transformation. Patterns, structures, and fragments are sifted from the natural world and recombined. What prevails is an interest in our relationships with ecology and science

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  • Location: Melbourne

Artist Statement

My practice is cross-media. Ideas relating to ecology and overlapping concerns between art and science underlie many of my projects, while their form stems from basic structural compositions of living things, their growth and transformation. Patterns, structures, and fragments are sifted from the natural world and recombined. What prevails is an interest in our relationships with ecology and science and the creative boundaries of what is both imaginary and real. Frequently using ideas that are allied to science fiction and science fact, often my work manifests an ambiguous natural and artificial engagement. Transgenics, biotechnology, botanical illustration, microscopy, and science fiction have been some themes fuelling the explorations to date. My practice isn’t, however, always predictable. I take unexpected tangents, which vary conceptually and explore a multitude of material and aesthetic interests.

CV & Education

www.instagram.com/tracysarroff_art/

 

Education: UK QTS, Nth London Metropolitan Uni; Grad Dip Edu, RMIT Uni; BA Fine Art (Hons), RMIT Uni

 

Selected Exhibitions

2022      Altered States (solo) ARC ONE Gallery, Melbourne

2019      Let There Be Light, Justin Art House Museum, Melbourne

2018      Curiouser and Curiouser, curated by Julian Woods, Bathurst Regional Art Gallery, Bathurst

2017      Guides to help you, curated by Tracy Sarroff, Campbell Arcade, Melbourne

2016      Globelight biennial of light art, Melbourne

Darebin Art Salon, Bundoora Homestead, Melbourne

Laughing Waters Road, The Barn Gallery, Montsalvat, Eltham

2015      Barbecue Stalagmites, Balloon Drumsticks (solo), ARC ONE Gallery

Dragon's Backbone (solo), Seventh Gallery, Melbourne

Sydney Contemporary with ARC ONE Gallery

Key works, Arc One Gallery, Melbourne

2014      Melbourne Art Fair with ARC ONE Gallery

Miscellaneous Drawings (solo), Testing Grounds, Melbourne

Sunshine Coast Art Prize, Caloundra Gallery

Redland Art Awards, Redland Gallery, Cleveland

2013     Congruo (solo), Arc One Gallery, Melbourne

2012     Melbourne Art Fair with Arc One Gallery, Melbourne

Paul Guest Prize, Bendigo Art Gallery

Bring On The Dot, Conny Dietzschold Gallery, Sydney

Melbourne Sculpture Prize, Art Melbourne, Royal Exhibition Building

Mountains and Valleys, James Dorahy Project Space, Sydney

2011     Future Nostalgia (solo) coinciding with Marrickville Council Art Residency,

Chrissie Cotter Gallery, Sydney

Flourish 2011 Sculpture Prize, Toyota Community Spirit Gallery, Melbourne

The Substation Contemporary Art Prize, Substation Gallery, Melbourne

Cannock Chase (solo), The County Museum, Staffordshire / UK

Agendo Exhibition and Award for Emerging Artists, St Heliers Gallery, Melbourne

Transgenic, Project Space, Arc One Gallery, Melbourne

2010     Rhizopoda Radiaria (solo) The Lock-Up Cultural Centre, Newcastle

CryptMas, Saint Pancras Crypt, London / UK

50 x 50, Arc One Gallery, Melbourne

A Sense of Place, The Shire Hall Gallery, Stafford / UK

2009     The Space In Between Book Project, curated by Tara Gilbee, Wagga Wagga Art Gallery

2008     Winter lights - Rhizopoda Radiaria (solo/group), MARS Gallery, Melbourne

Figure Burghley House Sculpture Park curated by Michael Shaw, Stamford / UK

Six of the Best, The Courtyard Gallery, London / UK

Electric Blue, The Barge House, Southbank, London / UK

The Space In Between Book Project curated by Tara Gilbee, Bendigo Art Gallery; Latrobe Regional Gallery, Gippsland; Umbrella Studios for Contemporary Art, Townsville

2007     Replenish, Saltburn Artist Projects, Saltburn By The Sea / UK

Collision Festival, Area 10, London / UK

Summer Lights, MARS Gallery, Melbourne

The Space In Between Book Project curated by Tara Gilbee, VCA Margaret Lawrence Gallery, Melbourne

2006     One Square Foot, MARS Gallery, Melbourne

A4 Art, Westspace Gallery, Melbourne

Propagating Fictions (solo), Bus Gallery, Melbourne

Utsuroi (solo), Dudespace, Melbourne

2005     Companion Planting (solo), West Space Gallery, Melbourne

Movement III, Dante’s Upstairs Gallery, Melbourne

2003     Cyber Plants (solo), First Draft Gallery, Sydney

Sci-Fi forms (solo), First Site Gallery, Melbourne

2002     Some of them are Radioactive… (solo), The Experimental Artspace, Melbourne University

Cyber Plant Boxes (solo), LaTrobe Street Gallery, Melbourne

 

Grants/Commissions/Residencies

2021      Public art commission: Flinders Quarter Augmented Reality Art Walk, Melbourne Metro Tunnel

2015-2017 Public art commission: Light Buoys, Melbourne Docklands at Yarra's Edge, South Wharf. Commissioned by Mirvac for Development Victoria and the City of Melbourne. Budget $800,000

2015      Art Residency: Testing Grounds, Melbourne

2011     Art Residency: awarded by Marrickville Council, Sydney

Grant & Art Residency: awarded by Bathurst Regional Art Gallery & NSW NPWS, Hill End

Art Residency: awarded by The Lock Up Cultural Centre & Newcastle University, Newcastle

Art Residency: awarded by Nillumbik Shire Council & Parks Victoria, Laughing Waters, Eltham

2010     Commission: Staffordshire Arts and Museum Services, Stafford / UK. Budget $5,000

2009     Public art commission: Selected for The Economist Plaza, London, Contemporary Art Society / UK

2005/06  Grant: Visual Arts/Craft: New Work, The Australia Council for the Arts

2002     Grant: Experimental Artspace, Melbourne University

 

Bibliography/Catalogues/Citations

2022      LEE-ANN JOY: Artist Profile magazine, Tracy Sarroff, March/April online edition

Capture magazine, Events, Altered States by Tracy Sarroff, March/April online edition

Art Collector magazine, Exhibitions, Tracy Sarroff Altered States, March/April online edition

2021      TIM BYRNE: The Guardian, Melbourne’s augmented reality: is public art the remedy to the city’s pandemic malaise?, 06.07.2021

LIBBY CURRAN: Concrete Playground, Flinders Quarter Augmented Art Walk 2021, 21.06.2021

2019      ANN FINEGAN: Artlink Magazine, Review 'Curiouser and Curiouser', 23.01.2019;

Interview: Forum, Kiss FM Dance Australia with host Lee Ann Joy, 18.03.2019

2017      ANDREA SIMPSON: Arts Hub, How public art is changing to our adapting world, 30.08.2017

Interview: ABC Breakfast radio with Jacinta Parsons and Sami Shah, 25.08.2017

TRICIA ZIEMER: Weekend Notes, Light Buoys – Yarra’s Edge, Docklands, 30.08.2017

Art Almanac: News: Tracy Sarroff: Light Buoys, 23.08.2017

What’s On Melbourne: Light Buoys – Sculpture, 23.08.2017

Only Melbourne: Light Buoys, New Docklands Sculpture, 21.08.2017

Bookmarc: Melbourne’s new science fiction inspired sculpture in the Yarra river, 17.08.2017

ODS Outdoor Design Source: Public art emerges from the Yarra, 10.08.2017

MARK BALJAC: Urban Melbourne: Melbourne’s latest public art installation arrives at Docklands, 03.08.2017

Property Observer: Light Buoys artwork illuminates Yarra’s Edge, Docklands, 03.08.2017

MEG HILL: Docklands News, Issue 132, Art Per Science, page 7

CREATIVE SPACES: Blog interview: Dirty Dozen Exhibition: Guides to help you, 10.04.2017

MCDOWELL, BELINDA: The Culture Concept Circle, Guides to help you, Tracy Sarroff curating art in the city, 17.02.2017

2016      WALLACE, FRANCESCA: Vogue Living - Arts, See this: Globelight's exhibition of light in Melbourne, 19.08.2016

MILONAS, BETTY: SciArt in America magazine, review for 'Barbecue Stalagmites, Balloon Drumsticks', 05.02.2016

2015      www.artsy.net, featured shows, Barbecue Stalagmites, Balloon Drumsticks, 27.11.2015

2014      PUVANENTHIRAN, BHAKTHI: The Sydney Morning Herald Newspaper, A buzz of love at the opening of the Melbourne Art Fair, 13.08.14

2013     LUSCOMBE LIANG: Art Collector Magazine, What Now, Issue 66 Oct-Dec, pg 72-73

Arts Hub, Bits and Blogs, Tracy Sarroff out of her mine, 04.10.2013

2012      RULE DAN: Broadsheet Arts and Entertainment Mountains and Valleys opens at James Dorahy Project Space, 02.02.2012

Habitus Living, 06.06.2012

2010     The Newcastle Post, Canvas pg 16, 24.11.2010

2008     Qantas Magazine, July issue, Diary

SHAW, MICHAEL: Exhibition Catalogue, Figure, Burghley House Sculpture Park / UK

GREGG, SIMON: Artlink Magazine, The Space In Between Book Project, Vol 28 no 1, pg 97

The Age Newspaper, Domain 28.06.2008, pg 10

The Age Newspaper, Entertainment Guide, 04.07.2008

Where Magazine, pg 6, July 2008, Melbourne

2007     KAISER, HELEN: Vogue Living Magazine, A Different Light, Autumn/Winter

STEPHENS, ANDREW: The Age Newspaper, Tripping the light artistic, 10.02.2007

GILBEE, TARA: Exhibition Catalogue, The Space In Between Book Project

Make Online, 29.08.2007

Arts Review, Frankston, Winter Edition, pg 2