about the art
The prevailing theme in the work is humankind’s estrangement from nature, as viewed through the lens of our relationships with other species. An innate tendency of humans to anthropomorphize fellow animals and the psychology behind that tendency also informs the work. This dysfunctional kinship is explored through the mediums of painting, sculpture, print and installation; using mostly salvaged and reused materials - as maintaining an environmentally friendly artistic practice is an important aspect of the work. Utilising bright pigments and striking colour combinations, to draw attention to this matter in an engaging way, bold brushstrokes are balanced with intricate details in a language of symbolic imagery and metaphors.
about the artist
Born in 1993 in Dobele, Latvia, Katrīna Tračuma grew up traveling extensively throughout Europe as she attended a Polish school in her hometown of Jelgava and later on in the capital city of Riga. For a short period as a teen she also attended school in Northern Ireland. She is fluent in Latvian, Polish, Russian and English, and currently lives in Cork city, Ireland. Awarded the Joan Clancy Gallery Prize for her degree show work, she was also a Commended Entrant, reaching stage 2, of the Global Undergraduate Awards judging process and a winner of the Visual Arts Award at the Galway Fringe Festival in 2018. Katrīna is also a recipient of the Backwater Studios Graduate Residency Award for 2019. Since graduating she has exhibited extensively throughout Ireland, as well as in Russia, Spain, Northern Ireland, and England. With a passion for nature and all animals, she is delighted to have also been shortlisted for the DSWF Wildlife Artist of the Year award in 2019. As a professional member of Visual Artists Ireland, her work is in many private and public collections across Europe - including a handmade publication held at the CIT Crawford College of Art and Design library.
2019 Annual Graduate Show: From Land & Strand – Joan Clancy Gallery, Mweelahorna, Ring, Dungarvan, Co. Waterford, Ireland. - Joint exhibition with Anna O'Roirdan
Wildlife Artist of the Year by David Shepherd Wildlife Foundation, Mall Galleries, The Mall, London, UK.
PRINT.ed #5. Singular publications fair - EINA University Center for Design and Art of Barcelona, Cultural space, Barcelona, Spain -
Catch 2019 – The Sea the Nude the Muse - Stella Maris Centre, Kilmore Quay, Co. Wexford, Ireland - Group Show
56th Annual Members’ Exhibition, Lavit Gallery, Wandesford Quay, Cork, Ireland - Group Show
GOMA 3rd Annual Members Exhibition - Gallery Of Modern Art, Lombard Street, Waterford, Ireland - Group Show
A5 Art Fair - Galway Arts Centre, 47 Dominick St. Lwr., Galway, Ireland - Group Show
The Fronteer Open 2018 - 35 Chapel Walk, Sheffield, UK - Group Show
50 under 50 - Unit 6 Studio & Gallery, Richmond, North Yorkshire, UK - Group Show
Present Perfect Continuous - Zverev Center of Contemporary Art, Moscow, Russia.
Soul Noir Festival of the Dark Arts, The Chocolate Factory Arts Centre, Dublin 1, Ireland - Group Show
Emerging Artists - Bils & Rye, Kirkbymoorside, York, UK - Group Show
Impact 10 – ENCOUNTER, International Printmaking Conference, Santander, Cantabria, Spain - Group Show
Galway Art Fair - Galway City Gallery, The Docks, Galway, Ireland.
Everyday Encounters – Artlink Members Show - Artlink Ltd, Fort Dunree, Inishowen, Co. Donegal, Ireland - Group Show
Galway Fringe Festival - Galway City Gallery, The Docks, Galway, Ireland - Group Show
See/Saw Degree Show - CIT Crawford College of Art and Design, Sharman Crawford Street, Cork, Ireland - Group Show
UNISON Art Exhibition - Newry Rainbow Community Center, Monaghan Street, Newry, Northern Ireland - Group Show
UNISON Art Exhibition - Holywell Trust, Bishop Street, Londonderry, Northern Ireland - Group Show
UNISON Art Exhibition - Queens Film Theatre, University Square, Belfast, Northern Ireland - Group Show
GOMA 2nd Annual Members Exhibition - Gallery Of Modern Art, Lombard Street, Waterford, Ireland - Group Show
Queeriosity - The Crescent Arts Centre, Belfast, Co. Antrim, Northern Ireland - Group Show
Habituation, Elizabeth Fort, Barrack St, The Lough, Cork, Ireland.
Perceptions 2016: The Art of Citizenship - Crawford Art Gallery, Emmett Place, Cork, Ireland - Group Show
Reconnect - Nexus Centre, CIT Bishopstown main campus, Cork, Ireland - Group Show
Two Senses Art Showcase - Wandesford Quay Gallery, Cork, Ireland - Group Show
Possibilities end of year exhibition - St. John’s Central College, Cork, Ireland - Group Show
2014 – 2018
Crawford College of Art and Design, Cork Institute of Technology (Fine Art BA);
2013 – 2014
St. John’s Central College, Cork (Art, Craft & Design FETAC Level 5)