Tracy Kobus, "The Messenger," 2003, acrylic on canvas, 36" x 39.5".
By Shannon Heth
Tracy Kobus is a BFA graduate from the University of British Columbia who has been showing her work in British Columbia and Alberta galleries for 10 years. For Kobus, landscapes are the places where things happen, and her work reflects not the image of a place, but the spirit of it. "My landscapes are a metaphor for our minds and are the ground upon which anything can happen." Kobus takes visual notes and ideas from nature, memories and everyday life. These interpretations make their way onto a canvas where they are transformed into landscapes populated by masks and mythical creatures: "As I work, entire new worlds are realized."
This year Kobus was chosen to be included in Artropolis 2003, B.C.'s largest visual arts exhibition. Kobus currently resides in Courtenay, B.C., where she works as an artist and adult art instructor. Represented by Portfolio Gallery in Vancouver, Kobus's new work will be exhibited November 6 to December 3, 2003. Her work can also be found at the Eclectica Gallery in Sylvan Lake, Alberta.