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Tracy DiTolla

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Brown_circles
Zen Brown Circles, 2008 Paper Collage 24x38 Inches
Lg_collage
Zen Moon, 2007 Paper Collage on Canvas
Purple_circles
Zen in Purple, 2009 Paper Collage
Red_circles
Zen Red Circles, 2009 Paper Collage
Zen_green_circles
Zen Green Circles, 2009 Paper Collage
Behind_the_veil
Behind the Veil, 2008 Collage on Canvas
Green_collage
Green Elephants, 2008
3_veils
3 Veils, 2008 Collage on Canvas
Maybe_this_world
Maybe Collage on Canvas
Rebuddhacollage
Buddha of Royalty Collage on Canvas
Regaudy_collage
Gaudy Collage, 2008 Paper Collage
Mannequin
Venus , 2007 Mannequin
Rebuddha_is_everywhere
Buddha is Everywhere, 2007 Mannequin
Mlegs1
Mannequin Legs Have a Lot to Say, 2007 Mannequin
Reself_portrait
Self-Portrait, 2008 Watercolor
Rediana2
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Reflower_4
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Reflower2d
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Refoot2
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Regrip
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Removiestar
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Repretty6
Pretty Sleep, 2007 Photo
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A Dark Night of the Soul , 2010 Watercolor on Paper © 2010
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A Dark night of the Soul in Red, 2010 Watercolor on Paper © 2010
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Zen of Peace, 2011 Watercolor on Paper © 2011
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Peace, 2011 Watercolor on Paper © 2011
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Ensnared 2, 2011 Watercolor on Paper © 2011
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Ensnared , 2011 Watercolor on Paper © 2011
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Here's Johnny, 2011 Watercolor on Paper © 2011
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Johnny Angel, 2011 Watercolor on Paper © 2011
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I Want to be Cold, 2011 Watercolor on Paper © 2011
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Beautiful Savior, 2011 Watercolor on Paper © 2011
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Pelvic Bone, 2012 Watercolor on Paper
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Pink Buddha, 2012 Watercolor on Paper © 2012
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Cave, 2012 Watercolor on Paper © 2012
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This Is Immortality, 2013 Watercolor on Paper 15" X 22" © Tracy DiTolla
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Reprofile
Quick Facts
Birthplace
NJ
Birth year
1972
Lives in
NJ
Works in
NJ-NY
Schools
William Paterson University, 2006, Bachelor of Arts
Montclair State Uiversity, 2009, Master of Arts Art History
Tags
modern, photography, conceptual, exhibition/performance
Statement

My strict Catholic upbringing and my background in art history define my work.  My work is about my own experiences with the Catholic religion so I often put myself in my paintings either as an adult or child and include a personal iconography of objects.  I am interested in the glorification of pain and suffering as a vehicle to reach the glory of God.  When I was a child I remember being in church and looking at the beautifully rendered images of violent scenes, such as the Crucifixion, and being horrified by the portrayal of torture.  I was terrified by the stories of the bible and the content of the imagery but fascinated by the beautiful colors, stained glass windows, sculptures and flickering light of the candles against all of this. 

My work is asking questions such as, why there is such an emphasis on physical suffering in the Catholic religion?  And, what affect this has on children brought up around these images and teachings?  Children are exposed to violent imagery and stories in their religious studies yet shielded from violent images and stories in entertainment and the media.  Why are sacred depictions of violent acceptable and secular ones not?  What does this say about us as a society?  Creating works that focus on these questions is a cathartic way for me to work though my issues with the Catholic church.