Tracey Williams in Phantasyland

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Tracey Williams' work appropriates everyday events, things or ideas, and represents them in ways that asks the viewer to consider how their own sense of reality is constructed.

The central work is made up of five panels: Wonder Woman, Ballerina, Air Hostess, Dorothy, and Bride. The video work, Hysteria, is exhibited here courtesy of the artist. Phantasyland and Hysteria were both made more than ten years ago during Williams' MFA in 2003. The works in this exhibition were gifted to the Gallery in 2006.

In 2009 Williams exhibited at the Gallery with My Ship / Teenei Wakaheera.

She grew up in Te Puke, Rangiuru, and Tauranga, attending Tauranga Girls' College. She went on to study art in London and New Zealand.

She is now Senior Arts and Culture Programme Leader at Auckland Council, and was recently one of the judges in the Miles Art Award 2014.

"Approaching these issues ten years down the track is curious because the penetration of social and visual media into every part of our lives is something I couldn't have considered at the time. The impacts of technology on the formation of identity are profound." -  Tracey Williams