I am a visual artist, professionally printmaking and painting for over 20 years. I am a long-standing member of Dundarave Print Workshop and Gallery, a member of the Smash Gallery and the Federation Gallery and have exhibited my work in numerous solo and group shows in Vancouver and internationally. I possess two degrees in visual and general fine arts, most recently graduating in May 2011 from the Emily Carr University of Art and Design. I also hold a bachelors degree in Journalism and Communications from Concordia University where I graduated with distinction in 1996. I was born and raised in Montreal.

My work is informed by our changing relationships with rural and urban environments.  It is an exploration into the real places that I know, how those spaces function now and the many layers of history they conceal, evidence of which signals the traces all manner of living things leave behind as proof of their existence.

In addition, I am interested in the disconnect that exists between ourselves and our resources and how these are raised, cultivated and manufactured. The image of the cow has figured prominently in my past work. This animal is for me a metaphor for mass-production, the exploitation of others and the growing gap between urban dwellers and the products they consume.

Through my work I am reiterating a connection to these environments and how they sustain us, attempting to call attention to and support those fragile relationships.

Maria Tratt’s first solo show at SMASH opens in March 22nd 2013.


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