As an artist, I am a receptacle for shapes and lines and symbols. I soak them up with my eyes and store them away in my artist’s memory to use as my dialogue with the colours and marks that I create on the canvas.
Since I moved to the Overberg in 2014, I’ve been soaking up the landscapes with my eyes. There is so much beauty here, one of the reasons that I chose this place to come to. I am inspired by the mountains, the plants, the natural shapes all around me.
My art is feeling art. I am not trying to make realistic representations of anything I see. I experience my landscape and want to express how it feels to be there. There are hints of the colours and shapes that I see.
I use marks and colour to represent the energy or feeling of a place. How it feels to be there rather than what it looks like. Some of the marks are random and some have a specific repetitive form. They are my marks, representing the way I see and feel things.
I work spontaneously in colour and line. I choose my colours not because they are the colours of the landscape that I am painting, but because the colour represents how I feel in the landscape.
Time happens in layers, all at the same time, stretched out over history. In my representations of landscapes, I use layers of gestures, colour and marks to express emotions, energy, connection and experience in different moments in time. Each layer reveals more in its colours and shapes about how I connect to the landscape and how it connects back to me.
Born in Cape Town in 1971, Tracy Algar has lived and worked in the Overberg since 2014.
Her artworks can be found in private collections in South Africa, Namibia, Malawi, England, Wales, The Isle of Man, France, Canada, the USA and Australia.