Central Artist Corner – Tracy Murrell

Tracy Murrell

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Website:  tracymurrell.com

IG:  @tracymurrellart

 

 

Tracy Murrell is an Atlanta-based visual artist. She has shown in numerous group and juried exhibitions and her work has been featured in publications including Create! Magazine, ArtVoices, Studio Visit, New American Paintings, and Atlanta Magazine’s Home. Her painting “Walk Alone | We Will Follow” was selected for the cover of Witnessing Girlhood Toward An Intersectional Tradition of Life Writing by Fordham University Press. She has been awarded artist's residencies at The Hambidge Center for the Arts, Atlanta Printmakers Studio, Atlanta Contemporary’s Nexus Fund Residency, and Green Olive Arts in Tetouan, Morocco.

In 2021, Georgia Tech University unveiled two paintings by Murrell commissioned by Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority for the Dorothy M. Crosland Tower Library and Microsoft acquired six paintings for their new Atlanta campus. Murrell was awarded a Brown University's Center for the Study of Race and Ethnicity in America (CSREA) Practitioner Fellowship for Spring 2022. Currently, she is working on her first museum solo exhibition exploring contemporary Haitian migration. Murrell’s work is included in various private, corporate and municipal collections.

 

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"Celebrating beauty and grace, Tracy Murrell takes silhouettes of women and applies them to patterned paper in order to create harmony essential to exist in this world as a woman of color. Inspired by the poise and elegance of women, Murrell repeats poses to familiarize the viewer with her subjects and then surprises them with the patterns she combines to create coherence. Modest in posture, the artworks offer an alternative to the stereotypical views of women of color as loud and hypersexual. The silhouettes atop the decorative backdrops disrupt the contemplative stances of her subjects but renders them harmonious with the busyness."    

~ Art Twenty One, Lagos, Nigeria

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