While my "What Tracey Did Next" Exhibition is running (see previous post for details), I am going to feature the odd painting with an explanation.
Just at the time that I was deciding which one to feature first, a lovely lady came in and was enthusiastically talking about all the colours, in my work, and choosing a selection of postcards. She was matching them to the friends that she wanted to send them to - ones that she thought would appreciate a particular image.
As a whole we send less postcards, nowadays, and I tend to think of mine being pinned to a noticeboard or ending up in a pile on a desk or in a drawer, rather than being written upon, stamped and posted. It was nice to think of them going on a journey and passing through different hands and eyes.
It is always lovely to receive something personal, rather than bills n bumf, through one's letterbox.
In this exhibition, I have one painting that is dramatically different to the rest and I have never exhibited it before.
It is called: "THE STRUGGLE BETWEEN MIDDLE EAST AND WEST”.
Painted, when I was at Art School, in 1999, it is acrylic on coarse linen canvas and approximately 1 metre x 1 metre.
This painting represents a tug of war between two cultures. opposing but of equal strength and determination.
My visitor was spot on with her assessment of this piece and liked it so much that she asked for some postcards of it. I couldn't refuse as I appreciated her interest (I'm just hoping that my printer is up to the job as my Laser one has gone to the same tech graveyard as everything else decently-techie that I seem to own!)
So, why did I choose to transition this piece from the private to the public?
Basically, I am fed up of the racial hatred that we seem to be surrounded by at the moment and the tensions caused by one movement or individuals and the way that this is tainting whole races. People are people, wherever they live and whatever they look like.
“THE STRUGGLE BETWEEN MIDDLE EAST AND WEST” shows two different cultures. One solid and closed and one transparent, open and all-encompassing. Neither will win this struggle as both are strong - in different ways. The best way is for them to work together, respecting the difference of each other. The good in both against the bad in both.
My visitor was a Muslim lady and , as we were standing in front of this painting, discussing it, I saw us both reflected in this image. Two outwardly different people but, inwardly, the same, with a commonality of interest and ideas.
Some connections and moments can be quite powerful and they don't need to be loud, brash and 'shouty' to be so.