Tracy Porteous

 Tracy Porteous

As an artist I explore the relationship between photography, light and environment in terms of mark making and image creation. I am interested in how light and environment work together and philosophies of looking and seeing. All my work is made in-camera in-situ but often not traditionally, creating largely non-figurative images. I consider this work a form of generative photography where my intervention into the photographic process creates unknown and unquantifiable visual outcomes yet is still dependent on the interaction of the physical structure of environments and the existence of ambient light. I did both my BFA and MFA at Whitecliffe finding a strong structure of knowledge, support and encouragement along with academic and research programmes designed to compliment a growing creative independence and personal self-awareness. My MFA intensified my creative process and self-awareness as an artist in this contemporary moment and offered me the community and conversation of other artists from around New Zealand. I currently live and work on my art practice in Christchurch where, as a new-comer, I am just beginning to find community. I have been involved in organising artist run shows since leaving study and find this area of involvement very satisfying and productive. ' www.tracyporteous.com