Ann Tracy (°1951, Waltham MA, United States) is a Digital Alchemist, an artist who works in a variety of media including digital art, photography, video and theatre (actor, director, playwright). She is a native New Englander who grew up in the Maine towns of Fryeburg and Cape Neddick before her family moved south to Massachusetts and then west to Colorado in 1969. After decades of living in Colorado, Wisconsin and California, Tracy is now calling Portland Maine home with her husband, two dogs and cat. She is a member of the Professional Women Photographers, Digital Arts Guild, Webists International Artists, Maine Artists Collective and exhibits at Constellation Gallery in Portland.
"I'm a big fan of ambiguity and chance in making art," Ann said, "since my salad days as a modern dancer (early 1979s) and happening upon Merce Cunnigham's theory of Chance Dance and the work of the Dadaists. In calling myself a Digital Alchemist, I'm trying to reference both a classical past and a forward reaching future in which images with one meaning are combined with others to create new and poetic meanings. It's as if I'm being called home to a dream world in which fiction and reality meet, meanings shift, past and present fuse. Sometimes I like the photograph the way it is, then the manipulations are more focused on heightening the impact via color, design and emotional context. But other images call out to be as a basis for combining unrelated aspects which many times lead to surprising analogies."
Her fine art has been exhibited from Japan to Maui to New York City. In 2003 her work, Stop was included in the catalog of the Violence Against Women exhibition, Group 78 Amnesty International, Tokyo, Japan. Her digital paintings The Power of Romania Lies in its Artists and Message 3 were juried into the 2010 and 2008 editions of American Art Collector. She presented a creativity workshop to feature writers at the Sacramento Bee, a daily newspaper in 2008. Tracy has also worked as an art expert for KVIE CH 6 (PBS Sacramento) for the 2010 Art Auction and was featured in Sacramento Magazine in November 2010 (http://www.sacmag.com/media/Sacramento-Magazine/November-2010/City-Sketch-Ann-Tracy/).
Recent exhibition highlights include solo shows "The Art of Light: Ann Tracy: Lights, Camera, Art, Lumens Light + Living and the Center for Contemporary Art, Lumens Gallery, Sacramento CA (11/11); Inside Out Cherie Hacker & Ann Tracy, photography and mixed media, E Street Gallery and Studios, Sacramento CA(10/11); Luna's Cafe (2011) and Enotria Annex (2009). Recent group shows include: â€œWomenâ€™s Wisdom Portrait Projectâ€ with George Streng, Tangent Gallery, Sacramento CA (6/10); â€œNada Dada Motelâ€, El Ray Motel, Reno NV(2010); â€œSynthesis: Art & Scienceâ€, Escondido Municipal Gallery, Escondido CA (Invitational-2009); â€œNadaDada Motelâ€, El Cortez Hotel, Reno NV (2009); â€œThe All Saints Showâ€, Barton Gallery, Sacramento CA (2009); â€œGreetings From Nada Motelâ€, Barrick Museum, UNLV, Las Vegas NV (Invitational-2009); â€œUrban Legends and Country Talesâ€, International Juried show, Bonita Museum & Cultural Center, 4355 Bonita Road, Bonita, CA (2008).