Professor, 2003-present, Oxford Campus
Studio Art (Printmaking)

Third Eye Pill, 2019
Multi-block relief print, collage and colored pencil on paper
27 x 35 inches

X, 2019
Multi-block relief print, collage and colored pencil on paper
27 x 35 inches

Brief Biography

Tracy Featherstone is a professor of Art and head of Printmaking at Miami University. She earned a BFA from the University of Cincinnati and an MFA from the University of Arizona. Her environmentally creative practice includes sculpture, printmaking, textile, and clay. Featherstone has exhibited internationally and taught art in Asia and Europe. In 2006 and 2013, she was awarded by the Ohio Arts Council Award, and completed a three-month residency in Prague, Czech Republic, supported by the U.S. Embassy. One of Featherstone’s interactive sculptures is featured at Cincinnati’s Contemporary Art Center. She is currently transitioning Miami University’s print shop into a non-toxic, environmentally friendly space.

Artist Statement

Third Eye Pill, 2019 and X, 2019

In this series, I blended abstraction with illustrative imagery from Asian art sources that reappeared in my sketches and studies. Unsure how to include the images without losing the open conversation with the viewer, I made a type of printmaking “game.” I printed one block over another without a predetermined outcome. My working instinctively at the press allowed the imagery to emerge and be hidden between layers and stencils. When a state of complexity was achieved, I manipulated the prints through cutting, collaging, and intermixing between prints. The result is a set of collages that function as sketches, as well as finished work.

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