Tracy Spencer Stonestreet, Dragging (2013)
For Dragging, I tethered the contents of a formal middle class dining room, replete with tablecloth, place settings, silverware, tea set, and pitchers, to a woman and had her take the collection for a three-mile walk. As she walked, the 75 objects in tow smashed and ripped against her efforts, leaving a trail of damaged goods as a testament to her journey. This performance grew out of reflections on the experiences of women, specifically that of queer women in the south, and their attempts to redefine or reconstruct domestic expectations. Tracy Spencer Stonestreet is an artist, scholar, and educator. She works primarily with video, sculpture, and performance to create art that explores southern identity. She completed her Masters in Fine Arts in Studio Art from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill and was a da Vinci scholar at North Carolina State University where she studied History and Art & Design. From 2011 to 2015, Tracy was an assistant professor of Fine Art at Hampton University. She served as the guest editor for the International Review of African American Art from 2014 to 2016.
Tracy currently is a PhD student at Virginia Commonwealth University, where she is researching performance as a mode of artistic production. #contemporaryart #feminism #vcu #tracyspencerstonestreet #futureisfemale #sculpture #performance #mothermothershow #charlottesvilleart