Most artworks in the various series' below are available for purchase in different sizes.
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All full-colour pieces are original hand-drawn and digitally stylised limited edition prints, and are hand signed and numbered by the artist. They are printed on archive quality fine-art paper and a signed, numbered Certificate of Authenticity accompanies every print as well as a complimentary Tracey Roberts CD.
Composers notate music on interlocked treble and bass clefs.
As an intuitive and synesthetic musician, I am acutely aware of the delicious net
effect of using both hands to play the piano. It’s not just the resulting
harmonious fullness of the sound, it’s the complex relationship between fire and ice,
darkness and light, muscular tension and emotional release.
I am in awe of those who can interpret the mysterious array of symbols on both treble and bass cleffed staves, to create swirls of notes and colour intermingling and co-operating with these aforementioned intangible forces, sweeping through time and space, creating the universal phenomenon and magic that is music.
I have always loved having fresh flowers in my home, especially poppies. There’s something about watching the vibrant colours of their delicate petals pushing through the ripening buds as they announce with a pop: “I’ve arrived!” They simply bring me … enormous pleasure!
These works were inspired by the 2016 & 2017 Dandenong Ranges Open Studios programs.
The piece I produced for the 2016 Group Exhibition was the first piece below, entitled "From Seed to Symphony" which morphed into an idea to create a musical garden as part of the Dome Gallery experience for people visitng my studio. This joyful, quirky "gardening project" in turn inspired me to create a series of artworks where music starts by planting a seed represented by a single musical note. A collection of notes becomes rooted into the Earth to grow into musical instrument plants which fill the air with their melodious sounds, energies and rhythms. I am now exploring more earthy tones with the sepia artworks.
Soundscape: - meaning "a sound or combination of sounds that forms or arises from an immersive environment. The study of soundscape is the subject of acoustic ecology." Wikipedia
After such a positive reaction to the MusicAustralis series it seemed a natural progression to delve into embedding musical instruments into world landscapes generally...and so the Soundscapes series was born. We are often intrigued by familiar objects placed in conflicting or impossible contexts so this series is an exploration into the resulting interpretations and metaphors created by these artworks and also expanding upon the concept of immersing music into everyday imagery.
Australis: Latin. meaning "southern" Oxford Dictionary
Her third series of work came after a 6 month tour around Australia in 2012 and is particularly inspired by the LACK of sound in the Australian outback (apart from a cacophony of birdsong at dawn and dusk). The question became "How can I see music in silence?" The answer came through visualising musical instruments and musical shapes within nature, then the sound and internal colours followed.
Orchestrations: Inspired by the 2014 Dandenong Ranges Open Studios piece "The Baton" and also by the opportunity to perform with the Nicholas Chamber Orchestra as part of the 2014 Classical Tracks Concert Series. For several years, Tracey Roberts has been involved in the Dandenong Ranges Open Studios program where many artists all across the hills open up their studios to the general public for a weekend in Autumn. Each artist is asked to produce a new piece of artwork based on a collectively decided theme, for a group exhibition surrounding the Open Studio weekend. This exhibition is held at the Burrinja Cultural Centre in the hills and the chosen 2014 theme was "BALANCE". The work Tracey produced is entitled "The Baton" - and this piece of work inspired a further series of pieces associated with orchestral instruments.
Immersion: state of being deeply engaged or involved: absorption Dictionary.com
Her second body of work is entitled Immersion which delves into more abstract interpretations of music and what it is to be a musician. The depth and almost 3 dimensional effect in her more abstract pieces reflects the headspace of her music-colour synesthesia.
This series was launched at GASWORKS ARTS PARK, VIC, AUSTRALIA - September 2010.
Resonance: continuing to echo, resounding, tending to prolong sounds , especially by vibration Oxford Advanced Learners Dictionary (4th Edition)
Her first series of artwork, entitled Resonance, is a sensuous collection of artistic interpretations of the various effects created by different genres of music as well as the colours and shapes elicited by the sounds of particular musical instruments.
This series was launched at Roundabout Thyme Gallery in Kallista, VIC, AUSTRALIA - November 2007.
The following pieces have been submitted as part of the Dandenong Ranges Open Studios group exhibitions: 2009 - 2018.
This piece came out of the 2009 Black Saturday bushfires. Devastated, unable, ochre…A minor looks and feels like this.
The blues and purples I see when I hear the Tallis Scholars performing Gregorio Allegri’s Miserere are the colours of the crystal clear weaving harmonies and the pristine white line of that high C soaring into the heavens. The black areas represent the silences between the periods of singing. My synesthetic interpretation also includes a faceless, hooded woman praying and the faces of at least eleven choristers singing this hauntingly beautiful piece of sacred music. Written in the 1600s, it apparently became so famous, that by the mid 1800s, the Papacy forbade anyone to sing it outside the Sistine Chapel, in order to enhance the reputation of the Papal choir. Allegedly, the music finally escaped when Mozart at age fourteen wrote it down from memory. Thank you Amadeus!
"Though it hurt me, I painted the woman Split by a dagger in her fist Her doe-like eyes hidden by the mist I didn't see the masks" This piece of art enabled me to finally finish the song Masks which I began writing back in 1990, not long after my experience with a sex-crazed, schizophrenic woman who betrayed me. She is represented by a singer whose performance is affected by the struggle between the desire to express warmth and beauty, and the forces of evil, dragging her down into the dark, angry, complex world of depravity.
Life is full of stuff constantly coming at you - all manner of things clatter round in your head. Every now and then we need to just take time out from the chaos - and rest. The black shape in the middle of this piece is actually the musical symbol for a crotchet rest, which represents a quarter beat of silence.
The conductor's baton is like a magic wand – through swirling and artful gestures, it visibly directs and creates the magic of a musical performance, balancing a multitude of instrumentation, colours, shapes and sounds. "…the baton itself must be a living thing, charged with a kind of electricity, which makes it an instrument of meaning in its tiniest movement." - Leonard Bernstein, conductor, pianist and composer.
Stuff happens. The winds come and things break. Everything changes - it always does.
Sometimes ya just gotta JUMP!
A complex and beautiful symphony starts by planting a seed represented by a single musical note. A collection of notes in turn become rooted into the garden of our knowledge and experience to create melodies and arrangements forming hills of musical lines and rhythms. Through the nurturing care of musicians, those roots blossom into a variety of musical instruments (coloured in accordance with my music-colour synesthesia), through which sounds grow and harmonise with each other, filling the air with the energy and power of music - our universal language.
Composers notate music on interlocked treble and bass clefs. As an intuitive and synesthetic musician, I am acutely aware of the delicious net effect of using both hands to play the piano. It’s not just the resulting harmonious fullness of the sound, it’s the complex relationship between fire and ice, darkness and light, muscular tension and emotional release. I am in awe of those who can interpret the mysterious array of symbols on both treble and bass cleffed staves, to create swirls of notes and colour intermingling and co-operating with these aforementioned intangible forces, sweeping through time and space, creating the universal phenomenon and magic that is music.
All full-colour pieces are original hand-drawn and digitally stylised limited edition prints, and are hand signed and numbered by the artist.
They are printed on archive quality fine art stock (paper or canvas) and a signed, numbered Certificate of Authenticity accompanies every print.
Each print purchased (framed or unframed) includes one of the artist’s CDs,
Shades of Blue or Parallel Universe.
Sepia prints are unlimited.
Commissioned work is available at www.yourstoryinart.com
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