Tracey Kershaw is a visual artist whose maternal experience is central to her practice. Her work is partly autobiographical, whilst at the same time reflecting on common experience. Working with photography, video, installation, sound and text, she explores issues of impermanence, fertility, ageing and the fragility of both time and relationships.
Tracey incorporates collaborative and participatory elements into her art; collecting, gathering and sourcing data from life, others and the world around her. Kershaw’s long-term project, ‘tell me about your mother…’ has gained national recognition, and in 2015 she was awarded the a-n Re:view Bursary to further develop this work and her practice in general. The project explores, celebrates and exposes the powerful, yet often problematic, relationships between mothers and their children.
Tracey has exhibited widely, including a solo show ‘tell me about your mother…’ at Bromley House Library, Nottingham; ‘Modern Madonnas’ at St George’s Arts, Surrey; ‘Up the Wall’ at the Crypt Gallery, London; and ‘The Egg, The Womb, The Head and The Moon’ at Artsmill Gallery, Hebden Bridge. Most recently, Tracey has both exhibited in and co-curated an exhibition and series of accompanying participatory events, Artist as Mother as Artist, exploring the inseparable relationship between being an artist and a mother.
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