Artists' Own Exhibit: Detrit- US by Tracy Smoll

518B Main Street, Lafayette, IN 47901
  • Presented By: Artists' Own
  • Dates: July 17, 2020 - August 15, 2020
  • Recurrence: Recurring weekly on Wednesday, Thursday, Friday, Saturday
  • Time: Wednesdays through Fridays, noon to 4:00pm and Saturdays, 10:00am to 2:00pm
  • Price: Free
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Tracy Smoll lives in West Lafayette and is currently an MFA Candidate at Purdue University. She is a second year student in Studio Arts with a specialization in Ceramics. Much of her work is based on the idea that detritus in a neighborhood tells a story, particularly at this point in history referred to as the Anthropocene, the first geological age in which humans are dominant forces on the climate and environment. The waste is a narrative of anxiety or security, abundance or deficit, the superfluous or only the necessary. Smoll maps neighborhoods, collects detritus on daily walks and documents her findings. Identifying as a research artist, her process also includes sketching and researching her findings before using primarily natural materials to create her work. It was in this way that she noticed the ash borer beetles destroying many trees on the Happy Hollow Park trail. The beautiful bark that comes from these invasive, human-transported beetles was inspiration for her large wood, pastel and charcoal works.