Tracie Cheng - Giants in the Sky, 2016
Acrylic and oil paint on canvas
TRACIE CHENG's work portrays otherworldly organic forms inspired by the multilayered dimensional of topographical maps. A delicate interplay between meticulous linearity and fluid strokes imbues the canvases with a beguiling character, while diaphanous clouds of color create a sinuous sense of movement and luminous intensity. The works display a complex aesthetic character in which vibrant energy and composed calm coexist, establishing a uniquely dynamic balance that is at once ethereal and sublime yet grounded and temporal. The texture and depth of Cheng’s work stems from an artistic practice that foregrounds natural evolution and movement.
The artists’ training in architecture plays a definitive role in the composite framework of each piece, informing the precise demarcation of form and line. Color also plays a critical role; metallic hues confer a lustrous, polished tonality, in contrast with softer hues that suffuse each work with a palpable richness and elegance. Additionally, the mellifluous spatial quality of each composition generates an expansive impression of grace and tranquility.