The Girls Are Coming! a new art exhibition by Tracy McMenemy
The Girls Are Coming!: A visual voyage of Bride Ship Tynemouth.
Opens March 9, 2019
About the Exhibition
In 1862, the screw steamer Tynemouth set sail from Dartmouth, England to Victoria, British Columbia. It carried 292 passengers including 60 young women. These “girls”, some as young as 12 years old, came to British Columba to marry settlers and American prospectors. They endured 99 days on board this Bride Ship through violent storms, subhuman living conditions and even mutinies.
As they once did off Vancouver Island a century and a half ago, sails appeared in Tracy McMenemy’s vision of an exhibition. Her research on the Bride Ship Tynemouth and the journey of its young passengers inspired her own journey. Her departure point was a single bride’s dress. Its symbolism drew her deeply into a story of human struggle between freedom and containment, courage and futility, hope and disappointment.
About the Artist
Tracy McMenemy is a multidisciplinary artist who bridges painting, photography, installation and sculpture, and incorporates a range of techniques such as fumage, objet trouvé, and photographic transfer. She integrates artistic residency, field research, and work with museums through an investigative revealing and retelling of our historic and cultural narratives.
March 9 to June 16, 2019