Prince of Wales I
Prince of Wales I

2005, 72" X 36", acrylic on canvas

Female Soldier
Female Soldier

2005, 72" X 48", acrylic on canvas

Passchendaele
Passchendaele

2006, 18" X 36", acrylic on canvas

Soldiers in Trench II
Soldiers in Trench II

2006, 30" X 40", acrylic on canvas

Soldiers in Trench I
Soldiers in Trench I

2006, 30" X 40", acrylic on canvas

Young Prince of Wales
Young Prince of Wales

2006, 30" X 15", acrylic on canvas

Livestock with Dirigible
Livestock with Dirigible

2006, 36" X 60", acrylic on canvas

Charging Soldier
Charging Soldier

2005, 12" X 24", acrylic on canvas

Field Photographer II
Field Photographer II

2005, 72" X 36", acrylic on canvas

Guy in Gas Mask I
Guy in Gas Mask I

2007, 12" X 12", acrylic on canvas

General Pershing and Prince of Wales
General Pershing and Prince of Wales

2005, 30" X 24", acrylic on canvas

King George and Admiral Beatty
King George and Admiral Beatty

2005, 30" X 24", acrylic on canvas

Medical Transport
Medical Transport

2007, 24" X 36", acrylic on canvas

Peace
Peace

2005, 40" X 48", acrylic on canvas

Senegalese Soldier I
Senegalese Soldier I

2006, 30" X 15", acrylic on canvas

Senegalese Soldier II
Senegalese Soldier II

2006, 30" X 15", acrylic on canvas

Soldiers In Trench III
Soldiers In Trench III

2006, 36" X 48", acrylic on canvas

The Somme
The Somme

2006, 48" X 48", acrylic on canvas

Officer Training Dog
Officer Training Dog

2005, 22" X 28", acrylic on canvas

Studio Portrait With Gas Mask
Studio Portrait With Gas Mask

2006, 30" X 24", acrylic on canvas

WORLD WAR I

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 Aril 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.