MacRostie Art Center (MAC) has announced its June series of Artist Talks will be an evening with exhibiting artist Tracy Krumm.

Tracy Krumm (St. Paul, Minn.) is an artist and educator who has exhibited, taught and lectured extensively for nearly 30 years. Her work integrates hand-constructed textile processes with found materials and forged steel to comment on labor, identity, human connectivity and cultural production. Her current work investigates the intersection of creative experience, simultaneous occurrence and transformation. The manipulation of form through low-tech and high-tech processes, along with explorations in material studies, are at the core of her research. 

Krumm received her BFA with High Distinction from the California College of Arts and Crafts in 1987 and her MFA in visual art from Vermont College in 1995. She has been a visiting artist and lecturer at numerous institutions since 1990, including Virginia Commonwealth University's Craft and Material Studies Program, the Witt Visiting Artist Program at the University of Michigan, and many more. Krumm is currently Director of Artistic Advancement at the Textile Center in Minneapolis, a Community Faculty Member at Metro State University, and maintains her studio practice in St. Paul.

“The handmade is at the heart of my studio practice,” said Krumm. “In my undertaking to conceive and execute work that reflects and transcends the values of labor, tradition and beauty, I challenge the ordinary to become extraordinary. Through intensive construction processes, the familiar, and the unknown unite to honor the universal and intuitive presences of the subconscious, chance, and creativity. Material and structure, merged through color and pattern, become a synthesis that is all at once promising, complex, and mesmerizing.”

As each work progresses, Krumm said, “formal and psychological considerations inform aesthetic decisions.”

“Thinking-through-making sensibilities and attention to detail come together to reference the possibility of function and to stand as evidence of how ideas, process and material resolve to join and grow in countless new ways,” Krumm continued. “This is an expression of my politics; the results reflect my personal sense of wonder, darkness and intrigue that make up my world.”

Join the MacRostie Art Center on Wednesday, June 19 from 6-7 p.m. The Artist Talks Series takes place on the third Wednesday evening of each month to provide the public the opportunity to meet and learn about regional artists.

This event is free and open to the public. Light refreshments, coffee, and snacks will be available.

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