Force of Nature

TRACY

Tracy, Mortar, brass tubes, silver solder, wood, 144 x 96 x 8 in

Tracy, Mortar, brass tubes, silver solder, wood, 144 x 96 x 8 in

ABOUT TRACY

Tracy works full-time as an attorney, is mother to an 8-year old daughter who is a budding martial arts wonder-girl, and handles almost all of the domestic labor in her home.

Soft-spoken and reserved, she might not be the first woman one would think of as a “Force of Nature.” Her low-key superpower, though, is her magnificent constancy. Tracy is the steady hand at the wheel. She handles her competing responsibilities with grace and organization. As her world swirls around her—court appearances, karate practices, cooking every night—Tracy is the unmovable object in the center. And she is content.

Tracy’s paid labor hours are represented in her sculpture by weighty, mortar forms—grounded and measured, though not perfect. Her unpaid labor hours are also structured, geometric shapes, but the wireframes are less visible, less substantial, as women’s labor in the home is often accorded less status socially. Spaces in the grid indicate the waking hours when she was not working.

Tracy, Archival pigment print, Edition of 3, 36 x 24 in

Tracy, Archival pigment print, Edition of 3, 36 x 24 in

Tracy, detail

Tracy, detail