Haecceity: Tracy Hill
Warrington Museum & Art Gallery
Saturday 10 March — Saturday 16 June 2018
Now on display at Warrington Museum & Art Gallery are the new capacitive ink screenprints and gallery wall drawings from Warrington Contemporary Arts Festival 2017 prizewinner Tracy Hill.
Her winning piece Matrix of Movement has influenced the body of work within Haecceity, a non-qualitative property responsible for individuation and identity. That property or quality of a thing by virtue of which it is unique or describable as “this (one)”.
Responding to the Gallery’s Festival theme ‘History of the Future’ relating to Warrington’s past and present. Haecceity is a commissioned piece by WCAF (Warrington Contemporary Arts Festival) with funding from Arts Council England. Inspired by the remnant mosslands around Warrington, Hill uses commercial mapping equipment to capture the essence of these unique places. Recorded via a portable 3D laser scanner she applies the data from 360 degree scans to create multi-layered images.
For the first time 4 of her ground-breaking conductive ink screenprints are being exhibited in the gallery. These works offer visitors the opportunity to lightly touch the prints to hear recorded sounds from local nature reserve Risley Moss. Offering a multi-sensory experience is important to the artist as it allows visitors to re-imagine a new future for these vital wetland spaces.
Revisiting the 4 moss-land sites within close proximity to Warrington – Cadishead, Little Woolden, Risley and Delamere formed part of Hill’s research. Cadishead and Little Woolden are two former peat extraction sites, which once formed part of the historic Chat Moss mossland. The communities of Warrington are inextricably linked with this moss, which was formed 10,000 – 15,000 years ago during the last ice age. For decades it has witnessed many changes and Hill’s aim is to communicate their precarious existence whilst striving for a deeper understanding of our surroundings.
“When driving to a destination the emphasis is on getting somewhere as quickly as possible. I want people to stop every now and again and reconnect with the experience of being in a space.
My drawings represent a memory-map as opposed to a physical map so visitors can see my artistic representation of these places.”
This second interactive element to Haecceity sees Hill spending a week in residency at the Gallery completing live drawings directly onto the gallery’s own walls. Projecting the data she has carefully collected over many years of extensive work, onto the walls and freely drawing with limestone chalk is a relevant reminder to visitors about the art-making process.
Warrington Museum & Art Gallery Exhibitions & Interpretation Officer, Roger Jeffery commented “Her hand-drawn imagery offers a fresh perspective of the memory of the physical encounter with a place. Utilising her 20 years background as an educator and researcher at UCLAN (University of Central Lancashire) Tracy Hill brings with her a contemporary approach within the Gallery setting.”
Bringing together printmaking, drawing and digital technology to generate a unique collection of works where digital and physical worlds overlap, Haecceity constitutes a key body of work at an exciting point in Hill’s career.