Assemblage artist discusses shadowbox inspirations

Southbury artist Tracy W. Hambley will discuss the art of collecting, what inspires each piece and the various methods used to create her assemblages at the Fairfield County Arts Association meeting at Roger Ludlowe Middle School on Wednesday, Jan. 14, at 7 p.m. She will also bring several pieces of her work.

The University of Vermont graduate is an assemblage artist whose love of writing and collecting has inspired her whimsical shadowboxes. She uses vintage, commonplace and found objects as narrative to explore a variety of themes. By juxtaposing these objects in her shadowboxes, her aim is to create visual vignettes using things people can see to express ideas, memories, dreams and impulses people cannot see.

Hambley’s intent is to lure the viewers into a world that at first seems distantly familiar, but upon further inspection inspires them to make personal connections based on their own memories and experiences. She also works closely with clients who commission her to create boxes to commemorate special people, places or events in their lives.     

Hambley has won awards at national art shows and her assemblages are part of many private and public collections, including The New York Yankees Organization, British Airways, Marriott Hotels International, Royal Caribbean Cruise Line and Georgetown University. Her work has also inspired an original line of greeting cards published exclusively by Potluck Press called Problem Child.

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This shadow box is by artist Tracy W. Hambley, who will speak at the next FCAA meeting on Jan. 14.

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