435 King Street East, Cambridge, ON
Soft celebration is a quiet observance and appreciation of all the small stages and events in life that when patched together, add up to who and where we are now. Utilizing a chine-collé process, the artist has created smaller, etchings, reliefs and monotype prints on washi — fine handmade Japanese papers. The images have been reworked numerous times before being assembled into larger compositions. Sometimes it seems like too much, is the artist’s largest composition to date — a 10 ½ metre long scroll that sweeps horizontally across the length of the gallery. It allows the eye to wander the interwoven lines and symbols of cartography and plant-based imagery that evoke a continuous journey of growth, exploration and culmination.
Tammy Ratcliff was born in Toronto in 1966. She studied printmaking at BealArt in London, Ontario and has been printing since her first class in 1990. She lives in Guelph with her family and works full time at her practice in her own studio. Her work has been shown extensively in group and solo shows, most recently SHIFT: Environmentally Responsible Print Practice exhibition at McMaster Museum of Art in Hamilton, RED at Renann Isaccs Contemporary Art, Guelph, Print City: Detroit, Art Toronto with Open Studio, World Washi Summit and Printopolis, Toronto. Tammy has received provincial grants and various awards for her artwork since first exhibiting in 1993 and was awarded third prize in Open Studio's National Printmaking Awards in 2010. Her work is included in numerous private, public and corporate collections, Dan Donocan Collection at St. Michael's, Stratford Gallery, Art Gallery of Guelph, Ernst & Young, and Cambridge Art Galleries to name a few. Tammy has travelled with her work, notably to residencies at Frans Masereel Centrum in Belgium, Spark Box Studios in Picton, Ontario and Prima Ink in Tromoso, Norway in the summer of 2016.
Tammy is inspired by the botanical world and its many examples of imperfection and impermanence. From this viewpoint she uses traditional textile techniques to manipulate her etchings and monoprints on handmade paper, creating renditions of functional textile pieces. Items whose utilitarian value might be lessened as they become threadbare and fragile through use are thus transformed into artifacts of shared memories and the passage of time.
List of Works
four season rug (Canadian), 2010. Etching and relief on washi with hand and machine stitching, 43.5" x 58"
Sometimes it seems like too much, 2010. Mixed print media on washi with hand stitching, 36" x 34'
Looking up is its own reward, 2010. Mixed print media with washi and acrylic on canvas, 24" x 96"
sweet nothings, 2010. Etching monoprint with hand and machine stitching on washi, 41" x 54"
I still see you everywhere, 2010. Etching monoprint with vintage beading and chine collé, 33" x 66"