Tracey Falcon is a visual artist who has worked both in the UK and abroad. She has worked with refugees in Hong Kong and the UK and run a cross borders collaboration with teenagers in Germany and the UK. She has worked with Medicin Sans Frontiers, Hong Kong Youth Arts Festival and The British Council, amongst others.
Tracey has a BA in Fine Art, an MA in Arts Criticism and is currently researching public art and social engagement through the Fourth Plinth Project in Trafalgar Square for a PhD at University of Kent.
Tracey recently collaborated with Whitstable Yacht Club and Christ Church University and has developed a unique gallery experience where the art is printed onto the sails of boats. The project is called White Horses Whitstable.
Tracey is an artist educator, learning, engagement and project manager for art organisation and galleries. These include Turner Contemporary, Stour Valley Arts, Canterbury Museums, Future Creative, Workers of Art, People United and University of Kent. Interaction, intervention and inclusion are central to her motivation. Her work is interpretive with a strong social or environmental foundation. She is director of Outdoors Studios CIC.
Tracey uses a variety of media in her works, including video, projection, text, performance and sound and, for the past few years, she has primarily made work using newspaper, end on, a little like looking at closed pages in a book. This use of newspaper started as an ‘in your face’ reaction to certain political situations. However, over time certain properties of newspaper as a material became more of a focus in the work, cycling back to the stories contained in the work and the stories the work uncover. The paper conjures wood, concrete, paper, rock strata, land. It is used under compression and, like land, this forms it’s own rhythm and flow, suggestive of movement although static in its present form. Each work has it’s own story. AS the roots and the rings on the trees offer information on the land over time, the pages of the newspaper are steeped in the human history. Information, truth, opinion, fact, lies, propaganda; fed through the thin pages for all to contribute to and all to feed on. Recycling paper, recycling news and opinion. History echoing around the walls. The writing in the wall. Newspaper has everything, the rhythm of life, land and people. Her latest investigations subvert the material once more, drawing on the newspaper with a blowtorch, Tracey created charcoal out of the drawing rather than drawing with charcoal. Her ‘Already Read’ newspaper works are exhibited widely.