Tracy Satchwill is an artist and illustrator based in Norfolk, with an interest in the study of social history within a contemporary context. She is inspired by a love of historical narratives and figures as well beautiful historical objects such as old-fashioned doorways, architectural flourishes and intricate patterns. Her artwork aims to translate these historical events into artwork sometimes blurring the line between truth and fiction.
Her practice includes digitally collaging original photography with illustration, print and found objects, creating playful and theatrical collages. The costumes, props and scenes are created piece-by-piece, giving a unique process to her colourful work. She is interested in theatre and a majority of her models are amateur actors.
The artist's subjects include Marie Antoinette, Agatha Christie, Medieval church, vintage travel, Kings and Queens of England and women in British history.
Satchwill was recently involved in a public art project - Magna Carta Women which was funded by the Arts Council and Royal Holloway University and toured England during 2015. She has also been involved in commissions and recently illustrated the front cover of the Women's Institute magazine, which celebrated their centenary. In 2012 she illustrated and co-published a mystical book A Mermaid's Melody. Her work has also been showcased in publications including Aesthetica Creative Works and AOI Images 35 and has been interviewed for various regional publications.
Satchwill's work has been featured in various exhibitions across the UK, Europe and America. In 2010 after completing her degree in illustration she was invited by The Courtaulds Institute of Art to join Exhibitionism: The Art of Display exhibition at Somerset House. Her Agatha Christie collection has received a wide response and has toured America including Empire State Building in New York and the famous Art Deco Hotel at Burgh Island, Devon. She was also invited to exhibit at Young Masters exhibition at Sphinx Fine Art Gallery, which features artist whose work is inspired by old masters. Her work has also been shown at the Science Museum, Old Truman Brewery, Orleans House Gallery and recently the prestigious Guildhall Art Gallery in the City of London. Her work has been held in private and public collections and recently acquired by Royal Holloway University of London.
Satchwill has been a visiting lecturer at South Devon and Kingsbridge colleges, discussing her art career and process as well as taking Photoshop workshops and has also given talks on her various projects including Magna Carta Women.