Tracey McVerry lives and works at her 5th generation family farmstead, nestled in the beautiful rolling hills of South Armagh. With an innate sense of belonging, she shares her ancestral home with her husband and young family of four children.
Tracey’s sculptural glass work is inspired heavily by this unique geological landscape of South Armagh, formed during volcanic and glaciation periods over 440 million years ago. Her work builds on this monumental land formation where she responds to the imagined energy formed in the landscape during that period, using glass as a vessel to translate the story.
Her work also celebrates a strong connection with Ireland’s ancient Megalithic and Iron Age ancestors and the mysteriously beautiful structures they left behind in their wake. Her work constantly comes back to these roots as a form of inspiration with an invisible pull.
Tracey specialised in Fine Art Sculpture with a MFA in 2002 at the University of Ulster, Belfast. She has been working within the field of sculpture and glass since 2003 since training with artisan brothers, Gianni and Massimo Bracciai in Sienna, Italy, at Vitrate Artiste Toscana. Here she assisted in the creation of large scale ecclesiastical glass installations sited in places of worship across the United States. This is where the seeds were sown for glass as a medium of transferring its ethereal qualities to her sculptural practice.