About Natural Histories The environmentalist Paul Hawken has noted that the average Western adult can recognise over 1,000 brand names and logo-types but fewer than 10 indigenous plants from the locality in which they live. Through her use of found paper and traditional craft-based practices, Tracey articulates an entirely contemporary comment upon this increasingly fragile relationship between man and Nature.
Tracey’s herbarium sheets (Celandine, Ivy, Meadow Buttercup, 2015) are from an on-going series of works that interweave this theme of lost knowledge with the rigour of scientific specimen notation. The works begin with a botanically accurate drawing made from observation of the plant, into which Tracey collages fragments of found paper from popular, branded packaging. Her vitrines and entomology boxes reference the Victorian passion for collecting specimens and are often made using vintage papers and maps. Viewings are available 10am-4pm Monday to Friday until the end of May. To ensure ease of access on arrival please confirm your visit by email to Broadgate’s Art Curator Rosie Glenn (firstname.lastname@example.org).Natural Histories at Broadgate