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Treacy Ziegler - Artist Statement

IMAGES | STATEMENT | RESUME | INSTALLATION IMAGES | The Memory of Space, onging project

 

Artist Treacy Ziegler has mastered the use of light and color to create mood. The atmosphere of her work creates scenes fraught with emotion. . The place she portrays is filled with tension yet is vacant of people. Devoid of our physical presence, Ziegler instead uses objects; chairs, tables, houses, and boats to convey her message. Loneliness, yearning, hope, intimacy, sadness, and peace, are all felt when viewing Ziegler's work.

The most compelling part of her images are the objects and their relationship to each other. Their juxtaposition gives each work strong impact and an idea of human presence. A chair placed at a slightly outward angle at a table may be interpreted in an inviting way may also be viewed as someone having just left the setting, giving the piece a haunting sense of loneliness.

Ziegler's unique use of light also adds drama to the work. A single ray of light often cuts sharply across the composition from outside the scene or a window pouring over the objects of each work. The nature of this use of light and dark leaves many ambiguous questions for the viewer.

Treacy Ziegler attended the Pennsylvania Academy of Fine Art and received a master's degree from the University of Pennsylvania. Ziegler has had solo shows in Philadelphia, New York, and Canada, and has shown extensively along the east coast. She has also won numerous awards and grants throughout her career.

What is a MONOPRINT?

A monoprint is a print, often an etching, and despite its name can be "editioned", meaning that there can be more than one single print created of a particular image. However, each print created in the edition is unique. In a monoprint, some elements of the print are consistent within the edition, while other elements (such as color, in-painting, arrangement of elements) are different. In these color monoprints I have used multiple plates -- each color requires a different plate. The first plate that is printed is the black "key" plate. This plate is printed beneath the colors and is often obscured by the subsequent colors. This key plate has an etched image and it carries most of the "drawing" aspects of the print. For the most part, this plate provides the consistant element throughout the editioning of the monoprints. Having said this, even this black plate is inked depending upon my whims.

The color plates that are printed on top of this basic black-inked image are all unique -- the plate is re-colored before each edition is made, therefor changing the palette and the overall appearance of each unique print. In this sense, each plate becomes a new image and only unique print can be created. Once the print has been made Ziegler often goes back in and hand draws or paints on the surface. Because of the complexity of this process, only 5 to 6 prints can be created.

Many people confuse a monoprint with a "monotype". A monotype is only one image, painted on one surface, and then printed onto another surface (usually paper).