Hearing it for Silence
Hearing it for Silence is an installational multidisciplinary solo exhibition of new ceramic lighting and drawings by Australian artist Sarah Tracton.
Tracton uses her experience of hearing loss as a catalyst to visually explore the texture of sound via the materiality of luminous porcelain lighting. She canvasses the metaphorical transition from silence towards a sound with a cyber technology - a nexus between art and technology.
Working with high-grade porcelain with exquisite translucent and luminous qualities, she constructs using a niche technique of building architectural canvas slabs, via pouring liquid slip onto plaster. Each piece is unique and creates vast variations in surface. Marbled chromatic landscape panorama coloured surfaces akin to landscape topography are the result.
Creating lighting conveys Tracton’s journey of rehabilitating her hearing with bi-neural cochlear implants. Light has a powerful effect on those who experience sensory deprivation in the form of hearing loss. With sound has come an illuminating light.
Tracton’s freehand drawings in pen are improvised with no preconceived planning, resembling 3D anatomical structures within the bionically enhanced human body. She embraces the challenge of creating a sense of enhanced dimensional form purely with line. Drawing is a meditative and hypnotic medium in which she experiences creative immersion in total silence.