Tracey Roth is an artist residing in Chicago, Ill. She is graduating with a degree in Studio Art with a concentration in sculpture from Northeastern Illinois University. Tracey creates work through a range of mediums such as clay, plaster casts and oil paint. She creates work to discuss emotions she finds difficult to express. Roth has been admitted to the NEIU Annual Juried Exhibition twice, and the NEIU Anatomy and Inner Workings Exhibition. Roth spent the summer of 2019 organizing a show with her peers called "Not All Rainbows & Butterflies." The past few months she has worked to produce her first solo exhibition, "Face The Void," on display now in the Impact Gallery of NEIU’s Steinberg Fine Arts Center.
"Face the Void" is a series of sculptures examining the mental and physical side effects of repressing one’s emotions. This series explores the relationship between a woman and a black entity. The entity is a manifestation of her inner demons. This entity is trying to be acknowledged, but the woman ignores it. The more the entity is ignored, the more it eats away at her health. Until she faces the void and deals with her emotional turmoil, the entity will wreak havoc on her mind and body.
Due to limitations of COVID-19, the sculptures were made with a variety of materials including stoneware clay, plaster, and Sculpey clay. The sculptures take on different sizes depending on how much the woman was impacted by that emotion. Each sculpture is finished with a mix of acrylic paint and polyurethane to replicate the appearance of a glaze. The lacquer has a blue-green tint to reinforce the sadness, sickness and general uneasiness of each sculpture. "Face the Void" is a reminder that sometimes the only way out is through.