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Tracey K Boyce
Brooklyn, NY
Neighborhood: Flatbush



ARTIST STATEMENT: My artwork uses childhood events and dreams to explore the concept of repressed memories. Repressed memories are hypothesized memories having been unconsciously blocked, due to the memory being linked with a high level of stress or trauma. This theory states that even though the individual cannot recall the memory, it may still be affecting them consciously. With that in mind, this project is centered around the 4 blocks that make up my childhood neighborhood and the feelings I have regarding them. My work is an assortment of visual memorabilia that I have gathered and created, rooted in the strong emotional responses that each piece evokes in me. Each glimpse of brick, sidewalk, hallway and other form of scenery have formed a deep connection within my memory of past events from my childhood that I have tried numerous times to repress. The images I create are filled with personal accounts of what I believe to be real. They are the core of my being and they are products of the many dreams Ive had about my childhood. I have a genuine curiosity about where we draw the line that separates reality from fiction. This project is the product of both my childhood and my imagination. It is the end result of the many years of experiences I have had as a child as well as today. It is a reflection of me, the child, in the “garden” of my old neighborhood. This collection of work is where I make my start in finding my own personal truths and exploring the truths of others. It is my way of uncovering the memories that I feel are lost in the recesses of my mind, bringing them to the foreground so that I can move forward in this journey we call life.
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  • CONtributor
    2015
    Mixed Media on Wood
    9in x 12in

  • At Mothers Request
    2015
    Mixed Media on Wood
    18in x 20in

  • Welcome to The Garden
    2014
    Mixed Media on Wood Panel
    12 x 48 in.

  • Power in a Name
    2017
    mixed media on wood panel
    16 x 24 in

  • Pieces of Her
    2014
    Collage on Wood panel
    12 x 12 in.
    This piece proved to be the most emotional and symbolic of the 4Blocks: Welcome to The Garden series. The process of cutting paper and gluing them back together in this mosaic form felt eerily as if I

  • A Sight to See
    2014
    Watercolor on Wood Panel
    10 x 10 in.
    This piece is one of four parts of my childhood self portrait. I chose to work from a photograph of myself. One thing that was prominent for me during my childhood was my red pair of glasses. A Sight

  • Different
    2014
    Oil Pastel on Wood Panel
    16 x 16 in.

  • Court Jester, Surely you jest
    2014
    Mixed Media on Wood Panel
    11 x 14 in.
    This piece was created based on the one and only nightmare I had as a child that actually succeeded in scaring me. In the dream My brothers, my sister and I were being chased by this woman who was wea

  • Knock First
    2014
    Mixed Media on Wood Panel
    12 x 16 in.
    Knock first represents a dream I had while creating this series. As i got deeper and deeper into my childhood, I had this dream where I was walking across the street in my old neighborhood and I saw t

  • Oddity
    2013
    Relief Print on Paper
    11 x 14 in.

  • F*@#%ng Bird
    2013
    Relief Print on Paper
    12 x 12 in.

  • Touch
    2013
    Relief Print on Paper
    11 x 14 in.

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