Tracey Adams and Virginia Folkestad: Primordial Soup
November 17, 2018 – February 3, 2019
Tracey Adams and Virginia Folkestad collaborate to create a site-specific immersive installation entitled Primordial Soup.
In 2014, artist Tracey Adams discovered the work of Dr. Roger Linington, a professor of chemistry at Simon Fraser University in British Columbia. Linington’s Lab collects and studies ocean specimens, evaluating their potential use in drug development and biomedical research. Fascinated with his discoveries, Adams decided to delve into the world of marine microbiology as a source of inspiration for her artistic practice. Adams and sculptor Virginia Folkestad collaborate on a site-specific project for the ICA that explores marine microorganisms and their healing potential.
Tracey Adams is a painter and multimedia artist who is interested in the intersection of art, science, and music. She was originally trained as a musician and completed her master’s degree at the New England Conservatory of Music in 1980; concurrently, she studied painting at the School of the Museum of Fine Arts in Boston. Adams has had solo exhibitions at the Monterey Museum of Art, the Fresno Museum of Art, and the Santa Cruz Museum of Art and History. Adams was recently awarded a 2015 Pollock-Krasner Foundation Grant. Adams’ work is included in the collections of the Bakersfield Art Museum, the Crocker Museum, the Hunterdon Art Museum, the Monterey Museum of Art, the Fresno Art Museum, the Tucson Art Museum, and the Santa Barbara Museum of Art.
Virginia Folkestad is a Colorado-based sculptor and installation artist. Her work has been shown in many solo and group exhibitions in Colorado and California. She received a BFA from Metropolitan State College of Denver. For three years she was the Artist-in-Residence at Redline in Denver, Colorado and in 2003 and 1997 she was awarded the Artist Fellowship in Visual Arts from the Colorado Council on the Arts. Her work is included in many public and private collections, including Kaiser Permanente in Denver, Colorado and City of Denver Public Art.
Primordial Soup is an ICA Sandbox Project and is supported by a grant from the John S. and James L. Knight Foundation and ICA Members.