Tracy Sweeney has a First Class BA Hons degree in Fine Art from GMIT, Galway, Ireland and has won awards from the Pollock Krasner Foundation, New York, and from Culture Ireland for her exhibition ‘Station/Wall’ in Stockholm, Sweden.
She says that in order to build the layers in her paintings she had to, “abandon brushes and begin using carpenter’s tools, scrapers, chisels, grout, and floor brushes.” The creation of each painting involves assembling surfaces layer by layer, then dismantling them, creating planes of unintended color and relationships between shapes in each work.
“My paintings,” she says, “have taken on their own abstract expressionistic language. All rules are broken. This frustration, excitement and challenge are integral to each of my compositions.”