“I’ve know Cameron for many years, almost 18 to the day in fact, when I first started working at Project Ability. Whilst I’ve worked alongside him in many workshop situations, I’ve never had the opportunity to work directly with him to produce a body of work in partnership. To say I was delighted to have this opportunity would be an understatement.
We were allocated five intensive days in my studio in Quarriers village, where I introduced Cameron to my work space and some of the collection of objects that inspire me. I, like Cameron, am a bit of a collector of things. Most hold a feeling of nostalgia, inducing memories from my childhood. There’s a lot of chintz, china, and silverware, much of which remind me of things that could be found in my granny’s house. However, all of the objects I remember from the past, have long since been lost or given away and didn’t hold the same value as I have attached to them, to others in my family. Most of the things I have, I sourced through charity shop raids in a bid to recreate the memories of the ones that are now long gone. Many of these objects, feature in my own paintings, along with garden birds, another fascination of mine, and in a way another fragile and fleeting object.
We started on day one, with a flying visit to my home. Most of my collection of things are on display there and Cameron seemed to have an affinity with many of them too, happily snapping them with his camera and referencing his own memories attached to them. He was particularly drawn to some photographs of my daughter taken many years ago, of her playing in the cherry blossom of a beautiful tree we had in our back garden. This became our initial starting point in a theme of work that aims to celebrate home, the living room, and the mantle-piece, with a large helping of nostalgia thrown in.
“It’s a great studio Tracy has, out in the countryside, a smashing old building! We did a joint collaboration with the cherry blossoms, I did them and the branches and leaves, Tracy did the little birdies. It was different to work on Linen, it has a different texture. I’m very pleased with them! They work very well indeed! We worked like sausages!”
Our time together has been a beautiful whirlwind of creativity, we hit the ground running and did not waste a single minute in the studio, or as Cameron put so well, “we worked like sausages!” Over the past 5 days, my studio has been filled with music (and singing from us both) from artists of the past, such as Dean Martin, Neil Diamond, Johnny Cash and the Corries, to name but a few. I have learned that I share far more in common with Cameron than I ever knew, that we like a lot of the same things and I have immensely enjoyed his company.
“I’ve enjoyed working with you, it’s been good fun”
I couldn’t agree more with Cameron, we have produced more work than I could have anticipated too, with further works to be developed. Now that our 5 days are over, it kind of feels like only the beginning of something, not the end.”