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Tracey Ippolito

The Universalist Project

Universalism has been my brainchild for many years. 

I have been painting and creating art for a long time in the hopes of bringing something special to people, to help them discover themselves, appreciate life and feel secure in the struggles they've faced. Universalism is a new, contemporary art form wherein all subjects converge on one point. The idea is that this new experience wakens something deep within the viewer, enriching their live's, as art was always meant to do. 

My universalist paintings are meant to be perceived as windows. Looking through the window, the viewer will experience my reality, having lived with multiple mental illnesses my whole life, it is as real to me as it is strange to you. 

Strange or not, it is a world  which  reflects personal understanding and experiences from myself, into the viewers own reality, giving them a higher sense for so long as they gaze at the art and remain open to it.

My dream is to use my unique perspective to give back to the world. I hope to inspire and add to your lives. 

Thank you.

The Artist

Biography

Artist’s Biography

Tracey Ippolito

2018

I grew up in a small town in New Hampshire where, as I was struggling through a troubled childhood, I discovered painting and the great world of art. It instantly became my life, all day, every day. I worked through the difficulty of multiple, disabling and all too permanent mental illnesses to the point where at least while creating art, I felt real and alive.

In early adulthood, I started exhibiting publicly, and as I am all to quickly approaching my middle age years, I have enjoyed 4 solo exhibitions in the Louisville, KY area, as well as countless group shows there, in Indiana and New York.

For more than a decade now, I have been working on my Universalism project, which is a collection of work that explores my own art discoveries of mind, spirit and perception. I am currently seeking venues to show this body of work as it is my goal to travel with it, bringing it to as many people as I can.

With my current project goals realized, I will continue to create my universalist paintings as well as continue developing my artistic inventions, branching out into new themes and continuing my exploration of different media.


Artist's Statement

All my life, I have been an artist, ever-thirsty for exploring, sharing, and making new discoveries. In the midst of creating my art, I began to gather a collection of ideas to bring something

All my life, I have been an artist, ever-thirsty for exploring, sharing, and making new discoveries. In the midst of creating my art, I began to gather a collection of ideas to bring something new to art. This became a lifelong project, Universalism.

I have always utilized my own life as a medium in my art, using my own journey to punctuate and hopefully illuminate the journey for us all. I have always felt a strong, inherent responsibility to others to create experiences, such as I have had whether due to mental illnesses or spirituality, awakening us to something higher than what we know, or who we think we are.

I approach my canvasses as if they are open windows that anyone can look through to see into another world. The intention is for the viewer to see so deeply into the painting, that eventually, the line of sight reconnects with the individual. This is to bring about a unique, all-encompassing experience which not only heightens the personal notion of “self”, but increases the concept of oneness or coconsciousness through the merging of worlds. Through exploring a compendium of subjects on one visual plane at a time, we enter wholly into the pursuit of finding ourselves, remembering where we came from, and discovering what we mean.


All my life, I have been an artist, ever-thirsty for exploring, sharing, and making new discoveries.  In the midst of creating my art, I began to gather a collection of ideas to bring something new to art. This became a lifelong project, Universalism.


All my life, I have been an artist, ever-thirsty for exploring, sharing, and making new discoveries.  In the midst of creating my art, I began to gather a collectio  ideas to bring something new to art. This became a lifelong project, Universalism.All my life, I have been an artist, ever-thirsty for exploring, sharing, and making new discoveries.  In the midst of creating my art, I began to gather a collection of ideas to bring something new to art. This became a lifelong project, Universalism.

All my life, I have been an artist, ever-thirsty for exploring, sharing, and making new discoveries.  In the midst of creating my art, I began to gather a collection of ideas to bring something new to art. This became a lifelong project, Universalism.All my life, I have been an artist, ever-thirsty for exploring, sharing, and making new discoveries.  In the midst of creating my art, I began to gather a collection of ideas to bring something new to art. This became a lifelong project, Universalism.All my life, I have been an artist, ever-thirsty for exploring, sharing, and making new discoveries.  In the midst of creating my art, I began to gather a collection of ideas to bring something new to art. This became a lifelong project, Universalism.All my life, I have been an artist, ever-thirsty for exploring, sharing, and making new discoveries.  In the midst of creating my art, I began to gather a collection of ideas to bring something new to art. This became a lifelong project, Universalism.

All my life, I have been an artist, ever-thirsty for exploring, sharing, and making new discoveries.  In the midst of creating my art, I began to gather a collection of ideas to bring something new to art. This became a lifelong project, Universalism.

All my life, I have been an artist, ever-thirsty for exploring, sharing, and making new discoveries.  In the midst of creating my art, I began to gather a collection of ideas to bring something new to art. This became a lifelong project, Universalism.

I have always utilized my own life as a medium in my art, using my own journey to punctuate and hopefully illuminate the journey for us all.  I have always felt a strong, inherent responsibility to others to create experiences, such as I have had whether due to mental illnesses or spirituality, awakening us to something higher than what we know, or who we think we are.

I approach my canvasses as if they are open windows that anyone can look through to see into another world. The intention is for the viewer to see so deeply into the painting, that eventually, the line of sight reconnects with the individual.  This is to bring about a unique, all-encompassing experience which not only heightens the personal notion of “self”, but increases the concept of oneness or coconsciousness through the merging of worlds. Through exploring a compendium of subjects on one visual plane at a time, we enter wholly into the pursuit of finding ourselves, remembering where we came from, and discovering what we mean.


Curriculum Vitae

Tracey Ippolito Artist's Curriculum Vitae

Tracey Ippolito (b. 1980)

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Education

University of Louisville, Undergraduate for Fine Arts, 2003-2004

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Selected exhibitions

Group

2017- Cherchez let Femme, Prophecy Ink, Louisville, KY

2017- The Enduring Nude, Kaviar Gallery, Louisville, KY

2016- The Artists of OPEN, OPEN Gallery, Louisville, KY

2016-The Fire Within, Kaviar Gallery, Louisville, KY

2016- Cherchez le Femme, Prophecy Ink, Louisville Ky

2016- Reflections, Zoomgroup, Louisville, KY

2014- Member Art, OPEN Gallery, Louisville, KY


Solo


2017, Chrysallis, Great Flood Brewery and Gallery

2013,  Surreal Expressionism,  Chez Moi Gallery, Louisville KY

2011, The Magical Number Three, Blue Heron Gallery, Milltown 

2006, The Shaman Girl, Swanson Reed Gallery (former), Louisville KY

2005, Sleeping Better Worlds, Riverbend Winery though Art Sanctuary, Louisville, KY

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Bibliography

Jo Anne Triplett, LEO weekly Magazine, "Sleeping Between Worlds" 2005

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Collections

Kentucky Museum of Art and Craft, Louisville KY

Nelson Atkins Museum, Rochester NY

Royal palace, Kingdom of Bahrain, Middle East

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Teaching

2009, Private Art instructor, The Moat Gallery (former), Louisville KY

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Curatorial Projects

2014, Curator, OPEN Gallery, Louisville KY

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