TIC was fortunate to get to know Tracilyn Jones when she starred in TIC's 2016 production Rapture, Blister, Burn. Since then, Tracilyn developed her original solo show, Art in Motion, and premiered it in 2019. The piece is part performance, part art -- literally. She paints and shares stories about her evolution as an artistic person, and by the end of the piece, there is a large, completed canvas.
TIC will feature Art in Motion in its Fall 2019 Plus 1 Solo Show Festival, which runs Nov. 1 & 2 @ 8 pm at Theatre 54 @ Shetler Studios, 244 West 54th Street, 12th Floor. Tickets are $20 @ www.tictheater.com or by calling 1-800-838-3006.
We sat down with the multi-talented Tracilyn and asked her a few questions.
Who or what inspires you to write?
No one in particular inspires me to write other than my Spirit, but it is my mother who inspired me to paint. The only lesson I ever had as a child was by her, I was maybe 7 and we were coloring grass... She told me to find where it grows and paint in that direction. So to this day although my pieces are all abstract, they do have a heartbeat and a source that I have to navigate, so once I find and breathe into it, I move from there.
What's hard about creating a solo show?
I could tell you the truth, but it's too vulnerable, so I'll simply say the word, "everything."
What's the best part of creating this piece?
That it's an evolving process. As I change as an artist, I've created a piece that will move and grow with me. I'm back to the grass analogy...