Tracy Sarroff is an artist who explores concepts and ideas relating to the use of light and bioluminescence in science, science-fiction, and ecology, exploring basic structural compositions of living organisms, their growth and transformation.
One such project is Light Buoys that is a major a public art commission that sits close to 100 Lorimer Street in the Docklands.
Light Buoys is an interactive light-based installation that is 50 metres long and comprises 16 sonar sensor light shards that reach up to 6 metres high that sit on 16 buoys housed with coloured LED lights.
As pedestrians walk by, their movement activates the sonar sensors, and each shard lights up, producing an interactive rhythmic pattern of light and colour.
This rhythmic pattern of colour and light metaphorically illustrates one life form speaking to another, while the materials of Light Buoys that are comprised of light and digital technology give a nod to Docklands’ present and future.
When pedestrians are not present, Light Buoys sits quietly and pulses, imitating the breathing of a resting living organism.
Currently, Tracy’s is part of a group exhibition called Let There Be Light that is currently on at the Justin Art House Museum, Prahran until June 12th.
Let there be Light draws from biblical inferences relating to the first acts in the creation of the world.
Tracy describes this exhibition ‘as a range of immersive and static artworks that reflect upon the powerful force that light plays on the human psyche.’
Tracy graduated from BA Fine Art (Hons), RMIT University in 2001 and has since exhibited both nationally and internationally. She has exhibited widely, including Sydney Contemporary, Melbourne Art Fair, Arc One Gallery Melbourne, Conny Dietzschold Gallery Sydney, James Dorahy Project Space Sydney, MARS Gallery Melbourne, The Lock-Up Cultural Centre Newcastle, Bathurst Regional Gallery, Departure Gallery London/UK, Shire Hall Gallery, Stafford/UK, and Burghley House Sculpture Park/UK. She has been an Australia Council grant recipient, a finalist in many national art prizes, and she has exhibited in artist-run galleries and participated in several artist residencies.
Join us on the FORUM with Tracy Sarroff, Monday 8:30 – 10 pm.
Text: Tracy Saroff. Edited: Lee-Ann Joy
Image: courtesy of Tracy Sarroff
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