Tracie Hervy

Construction: Day 1 - Excavation for footings


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The Artist

Tracie Hervy(b. 1970, Chicago, Illinois)

Like many people, drawing was Hervy’s introduction to art. When she was first learning to draw the question was, “What does it look like?” As she got older, she was more interested in “How does it work?” To understand the “How does it work,” she found she needed to find a way of simplifying what she was seeing, so her drawings became diagrams. She uses diagrams in her studies of music, film, as means to understanding the city. It can be a simple line specifying time. It can mark the placement of the edits in a film. It can describe the relationship between spaces. She uses diagrams as a kind of note taking, but has discovered that they can do more than describe what already exists. They can become the starting point of something new – a series of drawings or paintings. At its most ambitious, it approaches architecture. Tracie is a graduate of Oberlin College (BA) and the Rhode Island School of Design (MFA).

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