Jamie Treacy’s artwork was most recently featured as part of the exhibition Life: Expressions of Living, at the Adobe Art Center in Castro Valley, California. Treacy is a visual artist and teacher based in Oakland, California. His work has been exhibited in the United States, Canada, Mexico, and Japan. See more of his artwork at jamietreacy.com.
Statement from the artist:
“To retool, to reinvent, to recover, to revise. These are ideas I apply to the landscape in my works in the media of colored pencil, cut paper, acrylic and watercolor. I am fascinated by ways in which life could persevere and reclaim once weʼve exhausted a space and abandoned it. To feed this fascination, I look for moments of natural triumph in the worn out spaces of the city. The work begins with a photographic gathering of textures, creatures and spaces. I then use my photos to build future possible world where life reinvents itself.”
“Iʼm greatly inﬂuenced by the writing of Octavia Butler in her lush and disturbing descriptions of a renewing earth in her series Lilithʼs Brood. In her book Adulthood Rites, humanity returns to the war torn earth they left behind to ﬁnd the very fabric of the land and its nourishment to be evolved and altered. Humanity must decide whether to whither on our own, or to crossbreed with a new species who promises us new appendages, new abilities and new foods. I seek to tap into the emotion we might feel being at the conscious brink of evolution: a feeling that is alluring as well as repulsive.”
“In the past year, I have been exploring the mysteries of life that live in liquid environments. I am currently searching for ways to represent a future form of primordial ooze that might come about if life has to begin anew within liquid. I am not interested in portraying devastated and exhausted worlds, nor I am I interested in dwelling on my own exhaustion and devastation. My work represents regrowth in myself and my world.”