Tracey-Mae Chambers

Artist Summary

Encaustic is the ancient art form of painting with melted beeswax mixed with Damar resin (tree sap) to make the wax more resilient and pigment for colour.  Tracey-Mae has taken this to a new level by using it as a sculptural medium. The result is an immediately recognizable style of encaustic sculptures and vessels; lusciously coloured and often including precious metal powders that have been melted onto the wax.  Price Range:  $100 – $450

Full Biography

Biography

Tracey-Mae’s art addresses her disconnect from the teachings and ideas, places and people that she never had the opportunity to know.  The creation of vessels in a variety of colors and shapes expresses the endless plethora of possible experiences and people. Reconnection for Tracey-Mae comes in the form of sculpting pieces into shapes and vessels she hopes speak from her heart to those who view them. Tracey-Mae’s medium has developed from acrylic through encaustic paintings onwards to develop an immediately and distinctly recognizable style of encaustic sculptures and vessels.  Her growing sense of self as an indigenous woman and her delight in the natural world is reflected in her diverse bodies of work.

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Funding

2018 April Canada Council for the Arts Short Term Project grant

2018 Jan. Ontario Arts Council: Indigenous Art Projects grant

2017 Nov. Canada Council for the Arts: Creating, knowing & sharing grant

2017 Aug. Canada Council for the Arts: Creating, knowing & sharing grant

2016 Ontario Arts Council Visual Artists: Emerging grant

2016 Ontario Arts Council Chalmers Art Fellowship

2011-2017 Ontario Arts Council Exhibition Assistance Grant

2012 Ontario Arts Council Access and Career Development Grant

In 2017 Tracey-Mae was honoured to have been commissioned by the United Nations to create six sculptures which were used as the Partnership Award for the United Nations Environmental awards celebrating 30 years since the Montreal Protocol was implemented. This award was presented to five international recipients and one further sculpture will be placed on permanent display at the United Nations Environmental Headquarters in Nairobi in November 2017 in Montreal Canada.

Solo Exhibitions

2019

Untitled Glenhyrst Art Gallery, Brantford ON

2018

‘Encaustic Vessels’ Gallery in the Grove, Brights Grove ON

2017

‘Encaustic vessels’ Collective Visions Gallery, Bremerton, Washington USA

‘about eve’ Temiskaming Art Gallery, Haileybury, ON

‘Wonderings-Wax and Washi’ Saint John Arts Centre Saint John, NB

2016

‘about eve’ Niagara Pumphouse Gallery NOTL May

‘Mine is but a tear in a river’ The Edge Gallery Winnipeg March

‘Mine is but a tear in a river’ Asper Centre for Theatre and Film in Winnipeg, MB March

2015

‘Mine is but a tear in a river’ Ojibwe Cultural Foundation M’Chigeeng, ON Sept Nov

‘about eve’ 4elements Living Arts Gallery Kagawong ON Aug

‘Seeds of hope, Seeds of despair’ Planet IndigenUS 2015 The Japanese Paper Place ON July Aug

‘about eve’ Station Gallery Tillsonburg ON Feb

2014

‘about eve’ Whitby Station Gallery Curated by Olexander Wlasenko Sept Nov

‘about eve’ Ontario Shores Gallery Nov Dec

‘Self Pity’ Cambridge Centre for the Arts September

‘about eve’ Woodland Cultural Centre Brantford ONCurated by Naomi Johnson May July

2013

‘Self Pity’ Ontario Shores Gallery Whitby ON Sept

‘Self Pity’ Lindsay Art Gallery ON June

Group Exhibitions

2018

Maison & Object- Métiers d’Art Paris France Sept

Represented by Maria Elena Kravetz Gallery Argentina) at Sculpture objects functional art and design (SOFA) Chicago Nov

2017

Woodstock Art Gallery-Visual Elements

2016

Feminist Art Conference Exhibition OCAD Toronto Aug

First Nations Art 2015 Woodland Cultural Centre Brantford May July

Feminist Art Conference Exhibition Curated by Ilene Sova Toronto May

2015 ‘Walking Together’ Exhibition Nuit Blanche Arts Festival Toronto ON Oct

Contemporary Feminist Art Exhibition Melbourne Australia Oct

‘Walking Together’ Exhibition McKenzie House Museum Toronto ON Sept Nov

‘Mine is but a tear in a river’ Feminist Art Conference Exhibition OCAD Toronto Aug

‘Visual Elements’ Woodstock Art Gallery-Jurors Choice Award Curated by Mary Reid July Sept

‘Wa’tkwanonhwerá:ton“I send greetings to you.” Glenhyrst Gallery Brantford

Curated by Bryce Kanbara~Mine is but a tear in a river’. July Aug

‘Walking Together’ Exhibition Brantford Arts Block July Sept

First Nations Art 2015 Woodland Cultural Centre Brantford May July

Feminist Art Conference Exhibition Curated by Ilene Sova Toronto May

2014

Art in the Workplace McMaster Innovation Park Hamilton Nov Feb

‘Slice of Life’ Whitby Station Gallery Curated by Olexander Wlasenko Nov Jan

Art in the Workplace McMaster Innovation Park Hamilton Sept Nov

Capital One Head Office Toronto-Native Exhibition April Aug

2013

Pushing Boundaries First Nations Art City Scape Community Art Space Van. BC

First Nations Art Woodland Cultural Centre Brantford Curated by Janis Montour May July

‘Art of the Mind’ Juried Exhibition Ontario Shores Gallery Whitby Feb Mar

‘Art of the Mind’ Auction SHAMBA Foundation Toronto Feb

‘Art Connects’ Ontario Shores Gallery Whitby ON Oct Nov

Aboriginal Entrepreneur Conference Ottawa ON Oct

Planet Indigenus Harbourfront Centre & Woodland Cultural Centre

National Aboriginal Day Celebration Kitchener ON June

First Nations Art Brantford ON May July

‘Red Hot’ Ontario Shores Gallery Whitby ON May June

Residencies

Aug/Sept 2017 CASA Gallery Art Residency Lethbridge Alberta

May 2016 Artscape Gibraltar Point Feminist Art Conference Toronto

August 2015 4elements Living Arts Kagawong ON

May 2015 Artscape Gibraltar Point Feminist Art Conference Toronto

Feb Apr 2014 Mississauga Living Arts Centre

Nov 2013 Gushul Studio University of Lethbridge AB

April 2013 Toronto Distillery District~ Ann Shier

Art Installations/ Environment/land Art 2015-2016

Hope 1, 2 & 3 Lynn Valley Trail Simcoe ON

Self Portrait Backus Conservation Area

Webbed Whistling Gardens Botanical

Mother Nature Glenhyrst Art Gallery Brantford ON

Artist’s Statement

“I grew up as a stranger to my own story; adopted and re-named, grafted into a new family tree. The discovery in adulthood of my Ojibwa-Metis heritage was a revelation that set me on a path of discovery. I work in the powerful tradition of the vessel as metaphor for individuals; we fill and re-fill ourselves throughout life to create our own story. My developing story is an indigenous heritage woman and her quest for harmony with the natural world.  Nature not only inspires my forms but provides the substance of my sculptures. Working in beeswax as a sculptural medium is a concept I have developed based on the tradition of encaustic painting. This special medium is wonderfully pliable and responsive when heated and results in a finished object with a delicate scent and a soft, magical, tactile quality.”  Tracey-Mae Chambers

Encaustic Vessel Sculptures