dis-PLACED is an evolving suite of prints on paper and textiles that balance elements of absence, journey and transformation. Tracy Templeton produces work that refers to the larger implications of global issues and the universality of the human condition using imagery that points to the smaller, more intimate challenges faced by individuals. Influenced by the current refugee crisis the series adds elements of nature to create an obscure world of beauty as well as a gentle disquiet.
dis-PLACED is reflective of Templeton's notion that it is fundamentally necessary for everyone to engage in physical or spiritual journey in seeking their own sanctuary.
The snowy night sky and crumpled sheets imply an unsettled sense of unease found in moments of uncertainty, while the soft sheets and pillows imply the necessary rest and dreams essential to personal journey. Together they are sublimated into poetic expression.
In creating this multi-layered work, Templeton makes full use of a hybrid printmaking techniques that combines textiles, digital photo print, chine collé, and drypoint etching.
This new work captures ambiguous, surreal landscapes where one might take refuge, dream, or rest, creating a sense of haven from which to navigate the next step of one’s passage as guided by the lay of the land, wind, or some distant constellation. The images invite viewers to immerse themselves in a topography of emotion evocative of visceral moments.
Image: Tracy L. Templeton