Tracy McMenemy – Songs of the Smoke
November 1 - December 4, 2017
Opening Reception: Friday, November 10, from 6-9pm
Tracy McMenemy – Songs of the Smoke

It all started with a visit to the Seaforth Armoury, at the South end of the Burrard Bridge in Vancouver. While pouring over the original Armoury’s architectural blueprints from the 1930's, I was drawn in by the poetic images and objects from the Great World Wars. Through letters and photographs packed densely in boxes, lives of dozens of people emerged: from their days at the front to the mundane, like a son thanking his mother for a sweater. I realized, then, that the story I needed to tell was beyond our city’s historical architectural presence.

At the Armoury, the tension between opulent chandeliers and furniture juxtapose the imagery of bombs, explosions, and men preparing for war. Although times were dark, there is always a gleam of light and hope throughout. The smoke, a common backdrop back then, transports itself to the panels through fumage. The candle becomes the paintbrush and the fog, instead of masking, brings forward a range of new meanings, and invites us to wonder: What do we see behind the smoke? How do we feel underneath it? What memories does it evoke?

Songs of the Smoke is more than an organized presentation of artworks: it is a collective memory. As songs are stories told over and over, the show is intended to allow people to revisit, reinterpret, and give new meaning to wartime. It is a form of resignifying and, ultimately, healing.

Battle Lines
Battle Lines
acrylic, ink, and bond paper on panel
2017
38 x 60 inches

  United
United
fumage on panel
2017
8 x 6 inches

  Type S
Type S
acrylic, ink, and bond paper on panel
2017
40 x 29 inches

  Type R
Type R
acrylic, ink, and bond paper on panel
2017
40 x 29 inches

  Undercover
Undercover
acrylic, ink, fumage, and bond paper on panel
2017
6 x 8 inches

  Dawn
Dawn
acrylic, ink, fumage, and bond paper on panel
2017
6 x 8 inches

  Take Flight
Take Flight
fumage on panel
2017
6 x 8 inches

  Type U
Type U
acrylic, ink, and bond paper on panel
2017
40 x 29 inches

  Stand Still
Stand Still
acrylic, ink, fumage, and bond paper on panel
2017
6 x 8 inches

  Vimmy
Vimy
acrylic, ink, and bond paper on panel
2017
32 x 43 inches

  Type T
Type T
acrylic, ink, and bond paper on panel
2017
40 x 29 inches

  I Was Lost in Darkness
I Was Lost in Darkness
acrylic, ink, fumage, and bond paper on panel
2017
14 x 11 inches

  Smoke Screen
Smoke Screen
fumage, ink, and bond paper on panel
2017
8 x 6 inches

  Shroud of War
Shroud of War
fumage, ink, and bond paper on panel
2017
8 x 6 inches

  I Have Seen the Light
I Have Seen the Light
acrylic, ink, fumage, and bond paper on panel
2017
14 x 11 inches

  Home Away From Home
Home Away From Home
acrylic, ink, and bond paper on panel
2017
66 x 60 inches

  I Have Seen the Light
Parade
acrylic, ink, and bond paper on panel
2017
14 x 11 inches

  Highlanders
Highlanders
acrylic, ink, and bond paper on panel
2017
32 x 24 inches

  Officers Mess
Officer’s Mess
acrylic, ink, and bond paper on panel
2017
60 x 40 inches

  Something to Write Home About
Something to Write Home About
acrylic, ink, fumage, and bond paper on panel
2017
32 x 24 inches

  Little Trumpet
Little Trumpet
acrylic, ink, and bond paper on panel
2017
8 x 6 inches

  Ghost Drawing R
Ghost Drawing R
acrylic, ink, and bond paper on panel
2017
25 x 20 inches

  Grounded
Grounded
ink, fumage, and bond paper on panel
2017
6 x 8 inches

  Fume
Fume
fumage on panel
2017
6 x 8 inches

  Ghost Drawing U
Ghost Drawing U
acrylic, ink, and bond paper on panel
2017
25 x 20 inches

  Forbidden Zone
Forbidden Zone
acrylic, bond paper, fumage, and laser cut on panel
2017
22 x 36 inches

  Fog
Fog
fumage on panel
2017
6 x 8 inches

  Ghost Drawing T
Ghost Drawing T
acrylic, ink, and bond paper on panel
2017
25 x 20 inches

  Fabric of War
Fabric of War
fumage on linen
2017
8 x 9 inches

  Harbour
Harbour
acrylic, ink, and bond paper on panel
2017
8 x 6 inches

  Ghost Drawing S
Ghost Drawing S
acrylic, ink, and bond paper on panel
2017
25 x 20 inches

  Escort
Escort
acrylic, ink, and bond paper on panel
2017
38 x 60 inches

  Canvas
Canvas
acrylic, ink, and bond paper on panel
2017
6 x 8 inches

  Camouflage
Camouflage
fumage on panel
2017
6 x 8 inches

  Boys to Men
Boys to Men
acrylic, ink, fumage, and bond paper on panel
2017
14 x 11 inches

  Boom
Boom
acrylic, ink, and bond paper on panel
2017
38 x 60 inches

  Combustion
Combustion
ink, fumage, and bond paper on panel
2017
6 x 8 inches

  Down Time
Down Time
acrylic, ink, and bond paper on panel
2017
6 x 8 inches

  Carbon Deposit
Carbon Deposit
ink, fumage, and bond paper on panel
2017
6 x 8 inches

  The Ridge
The Ridge
acrylic, ink, and bond paper on panel
2017
32 x 43 inches

  Home Comforts
Home Comforts
acrylic, ink, and bond paper on panel
2017
6 x 9 inches