biography

biography

 

Tammy Ratcliff was born in Toronto in 1966. She studied printmaking at BealArt in London, Ontario and has been printing since her first class in 1990. She lives in Guelph with her family and works full time at her  practice in her own studio.  Her work has shown extensively inn group and  solo shows, most recently SHIFT: Environmentally Responsible Print Practice exhibition at McMaster Museum of Art in Hamilton, RED at Renann Isaacs Contemporary Art, Guelph, Print City: Detroit, Art Toronto with Open Studio, World Washi Summit and Printopolis, Toronto. Tammy has received provincial grants and various awards for her artwork since first exhibiting in 1993 and was awarded third prize in Open Studio’s National Printmaking Awards in 2010. Her work is included in numerous private, public and corporate collections, Dan Donovan Collection at St. Michael’s, Stratford Gallery, Art Gallery of Guelph, Ernst & Young and Idea Exchange to name a few. Tammy has travelled with her work, notably to residencies at Frans Masereel Centrum in Belgium, Spark Box Studios in Picton, Ontario and is looking forward to working at Prima Ink in Tromso, Norway in the Summer of 2016.

 

 

 

artist statement

 

Through my intaglio, monotype prints and mixed media works I find a means to explore my continued fascination with the natural world—its strength and beauty—while drawing attention to the imperfections and impermanence of all living things. The ‘perfect’ asymmetry in nature, the odd shaped spaces between branches or the awkward curl of one petal on a flower is where my curiosity takes root. My work is often built through layers of hand printed fine papers. Compositions composed of numerous parts and pieces. The process and materials are as important to my work as the subject matter, and it is my hope that I am able to create pieces that convey a sense of calm, place and nostalgia.