Today we’d like to introduce you to Tracey Weiss.
Tracey, can you briefly walk us through your story – how you started and how you got to where you are today.
I’m originally from San Jose, California and went to San Jose State University for my BFA.
Completing that in 1998, I moved to San Francisco to live what I thought was “the artist’s life.” At the peak of “Dot-com,” the city was overcrowded and getting very expensive, forcing many artists out.
I applied to graduate schools shortly after and moved to Southern California in the fall of 2000 to go to California State University, Los Angeles. I really wanted to move to LA because I knew the art scene was bigger and it would be a good place to get my foot in the door.
I received my MFA in 2003 and have spent the last several years in and around LA making art, making connections, showing work, and teaching art at local colleges.
Overall, has it been relatively smooth? If not, what were some of the struggles along the way?
A career in art isn’t easy for anyone. I think I’ve been pretty fortunate to have had the bit of success I have had, although I still always feel a bit further behind that I’d like to be at this point.
The art world can be tough, and it is not an easy road to travel. It is a constant game of who-you-know, which can be tiring at times. It is a career that demands a great deal of personal discipline, and often means missing out on some things that many people take for granted.
I’ve been lucky to have come across a lot of great people and keep showing fairly consistently as long as I keep looking for opportunities.
We’d love to hear more about what you do.
I’m a sculptor. I come from a background in ceramics but have also worked for the last few years in “found object” media. I think what sets me apart from many artists is that, for the good or bad, I tend to reinvent my art practice every few years. I find a subject that I feel passionate about, and I work a series around that for some time.
Sometimes it’s a year, sometimes several years. When the work doesn’t excite me anymore, I move on. Some might say that is shooting myself in the foot, but I have to keep it fun for myself. I sometimes revisit old work and have a rekindling of the excitement that brought me to it in the first place.
If you had to go back in time and start over, would you have done anything differently?
I try not to go down that mental path. I’m honestly not sure I would have done a lot different. Perhaps avoided some life choices that took me on detours from my career, but hey, that’s life!
- Website: www.traceyweissart.com
- Instagram: @traceyweissart