March 2021: Tracy Byatt, artist
Each month a member of our community is invited to browse our online collection and select six of their favourite artworks. Each ‘My Choice’ selection, together with personal responses to the works, will be available to view on the Sarjeant Gallery website for one month at a time. The March 2021 My Choice has been selected by Tracy Byatt and is available to view until 31 March 2021.
Tracy Byatt is a unique artist who works in the unusual medium of sugar, and who’s exhibition An Impossible Bouquet is this year’s Pattillo Project, currently on view at Sarjeant on the Quay. Tracy was born in the United Kingdom and now lives in Turakina Valley, farming and working as a freelance medical proof reader. She was introduced to sugar work at an evening class but quickly moved from making generic cake flowers to self-taught sculptural works. With a lifelong interest in nature, botanical illustration and art history, her practice references a number of these traditions including Dutch still life paintings, sugar sculpture from the Renaissance period, the florilegium works of Joseph Banks and the glass botanical specimens of the Blaschka family.