Tracy Girdler, Abstract Door, 2013, mixed media, 18 x 24 in.
Tracy Girdler's work is abstract, with suggestions of figurative elements. The painterly surface is textured with sgraffito techniques, thick paint, staining and overlaying of transparent and opaque colours. The ideas behind her compositions seem to be about the physicality of paint and surface and an organic development of colour, tone and texture.
Her work appears ’textile-like’ in the sense that the layers remind one of weaving and also there is a scattered and fragmented perspective, with some works appearing like aerial images. There is also an energy and playful quality to the marks she makes, with rapid circles and lines. What she pours onto a canvas isn't just paint. It's a collection of everything she's ever experienced emotionally. It's her lifeblood.
Girdler seems an unpretentious artist, where she is keen to create artworks that respond to a client’s space and where work can be hung to the client’s taste. For example, Girdler has an interesting take on commission based work, where she will visit the environment first, to get a feel of how the artwork will relate to the surrounding space.
Girdler's newest series is an interesting abstract mixture of her own photographs attached to the canvases with her texture rich painting surrounding and sometimes even covering her photos.
Tracy Girdler lives and works in NYC and Italy. http://www.tracygirdler.com/