b'Tracy is a perfectionist with lots of patience: the Columbard commission involved 145 works, and an artist with less determination could easily have been tempted to choose a less laborious methodology. Afterthatcommission,Tracycontinuedwiththetheme.Herpiece,The Alphabet of Colour 2004, was analist in the 2004 Wallace Art Award, and was snapped up on TradeMe by a London-based collector.Tracy (27) enjoys the results of her endeavours, and although it de nitely helps that the art is saleable, to her the works are not the main event.The work is a tangible memory of the process, she says, but its the system I created, and which created them, which is the real artwork.Paint colours are a perfect medium for Tracy, who loves to work with everyday and domestic items.In her 2002 work Bookcase (made during her studies for a Bachelor of Visual Arts at AUT; she graduated in 2002), the raw material was 654 second-hand hardcover books, selected for their size and colour, not their content. The main work has the books in a white bookcase, organised into bands of colour, and alphabetically by author within their colour groups. Smaller works in this series are variously based on the number of pages in each book, therst and last sentences in the books, and authors names.Given her strong sense of order, its not surprising that Tracy has always had a hankering to be a librarian. And it may yet happenshes very versatile.She has spent the past three years in Sydney, where she was visual merchandiser for the funky and avant garde Swedish design store kikki.K. She also gained aquali cation in Australiaso she could betteroristry express and enjoy her love of colour throughowersand now, back home in Auckland, is studying French with a view to living in France. Shes also waiting to hear the results of her application for an internship at the Tate Modern gallery in London. Wherever Tracy heads to next, shell no doubt be amassing in uences and material to categorise and catalogue into intriguing works of art.40 |'