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Viking Baby
Viking Baby

2015, 20" x 24", acrylic on canvas

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National Palace, Haiti
National Palace, Haiti

2011, 36" X 60", acrylic on canvas

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Tsumami, Japan II
Tsumami, Japan II

2013, 18" X 24", acrylic on canvas

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Explorer
Explorer

2010, 12" X 18", acrylic on canvas

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Kiev
Kiev

2014, 18" X 24", acrylic on canvas

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Afternoon at the National Palace
Afternoon at the National Palace

2011, 18” X 24”, acrylic on canvas

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Soldiers In Trench with Queen
Soldiers In Trench with Queen

2013, 24” X 18”, acrylic on canvas

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Darfur
Darfur

2012, 18” X 24”, acrylic on canvas

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21 Kilotons, Bikini Atoll
21 Kilotons, Bikini Atoll

2007, 36" X 72", acrylic on canvas

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Ivory Coast
Ivory Coast

2007, 48" X 72", acrylic on canvas

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Preschool, Hong Kong
Preschool, Hong Kong

2009, 36" X 48", acrylic on canvas

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Baghdad
Baghdad

2008, 18" X 24", acrylic on canvas

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Orphanage, Tanzania
Orphanage, Tanzania

2013, 48” X 72”, acrylic on canvas

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Neil Armstrong on the Moon with Flag
Neil Armstrong on the Moon with Flag

2012, 12” X 12”, acrylic on canvas

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Poppy Field, Afghanistan
Poppy Field, Afghanistan

2011, 18" X 24", acrylic on canvas

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Soldiers Fording Stream, Iraq
Soldiers Fording Stream, Iraq

2008, 30" X 40", acrylic on canvas

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African School Girl
African School Girl

2009, 60" X 84", acrylic on canvas

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Thirst
Thirst

2009, 40" X 60", acrylic on canvas

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Battleship at Twilight
Battleship at Twilight

2007, 30" X 50", acrylic on canvas

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Detroit Residence
Detroit Residence

2012, 20" x 20", acrylic on canvas

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Scavenger, Port-au-Prince
Scavenger, Port-au-Prince

2009, 72" X 48", mixed media on panel

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Poppies, Afghanistan
Poppies, Afghanistan

2011, 18" X 24", acrylic on canvas

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Salmon, Butte Creek
Salmon, Butte Creek

2009, 30" X 50", acrylic on canvas

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Neil Armstrong on the Moon
Neil Armstrong on the Moon

2011, 24” X 20”, acrylic on canvas

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Nuclear Testing Ocean
Nuclear Testing Ocean

2013, 18" X 36", acrylic on canvas

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Tania
Tania

2012, 24" X 18", acrylic on canvas

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Nuclear Testing Desert
Nuclear Testing Desert

2013, 18" X 24", acrylic on found painting

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Tsunami I, Japan
Tsunami I, Japan

2011, 18" X 24", acrylic on canvas

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Soldiers in Trench with Patty Hearst
Soldiers in Trench with Patty Hearst

2012, 24" X 18", acrylic on canvas

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Clean Up
Clean Up

2007, 20" x 20, acrylic on canvas

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Nuclear Testing Ocean
Nuclear Testing Ocean

2013, 18" X 36", acrylic on canvas

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Volcano
Volcano

2014, 48" x 60", acrylic on canvas

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ARTIST STATEMENT

In reaction to the current situation of global dysfunctional politics, I have been inspired to translate historical news photos into paintings. In the face of constant media coverage of war and disasters, both natural and man-made, we are no longer shocked by that which should shock us. Through the process of painting I hope to create an opportunity for people to really take a look at what is going on and then to be inspired to take action.

I choose the images I can’t stop thinking about. As I enlarge them, because of the poor photographic quality of the originals, I have to invent my own version of the details. At first I stick close to the source photo, but as I work some things are omitted and others are added. Each painting takes on a life and logic of its own. The final product is always very different from its inspiration. What it does convey is the feeling the photo evoked in me when I first encountered it. I often feel compelled to paint more than one version of each scene varying the size and composition. Only after a painting is finished, sometimes long after, can I observe it objectively.

 

BIO

 

Winner of the Sanchez Art Center’s Left Coast Annual Award, Traeger presented her work in a solo exhibition in April 2014. Her work has also been featured recently in Smith Anderson Editions’ Gender Specific show, and in Artik: Art and Architecture’s 20th Anniversary Exhibition.