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All Those Pretty Things - An exhibition inspired by the music, album and book by Tracey Yarad

Tracey Yarad is a Katoomba jazz pianist, singer and composer now living and performing in New York. All Those Pretty Things, the music album and accompanying book of short stories written by Tracey, documents the traumatic yet ultimately empowering breakup of her marriage, her transformational journey to reclaim her dream of playing music in the Mecca of Jazz, and how a certain wedding dress came to be dyed black…The music and spoken word performance of All Those Pretty Things premiered at the Soapbox Gallery in Manhattan in July 2020, during Covid lockdown in New York, and its success inspired Tracey to extend the fusion of the musical and the literary to embrace a collaboration with the visual. The exhibition All Those Pretty Things is a series of works by ten visual artists, friends of Tracey’s, who she commissioned to illustrate each of her ten songs and stories. The original image for the All Those Pretty Things album and book cover was taken in winter in the middle of a snow-blown Manhattan street, with Tracey, arms akimbo, staring defiantly at the camera wearing a black wedding dress.

Soul Love is the song and story of how the dress came to be black, and to illustrate it Tracey asked Chloé Cook-Williams, Katoomba circus performer, aerialist, and visual artist. As a long-time friend and woman with Downs Syndrome, Chloe could identify with Tracey´s journey to autonomy. To create her artwork, Chloé began a collaboration with Deta C. Rayner, Berliner musician, visual artist and also friend to Tracey, to produce not one but ten collages featuring the empowered heroines who had inspired Chloé’s own journey, from Josephine Baker to Cate Blanchett. Her collage of Tracey on that Manhattan street in that dress became a centerpiece of All These Pretty Things.

Tracey also commissioned Deta C. Rayner to illustrate the song/story You Never Bought Me Flowers. A native Berliner, Deta was in Australia in early 2020, on the road with Aussie husband Rob Rayner performing in their band The Beez. After Covid disrupted the tour in March, Tracey invited them to lock down in her Katoomba house as she was in New York. That generosity inspired another life-changing decision – for Deta and Rob to remain in Australia and make a new life in Katoomba. Tending to Tracey´s garden inspired Deta to create a beautiful series of works documenting the spring rebirth of the tulips she had planted in that uncertain autumn, which uncannily paralleled Tracey´s own musical renaissance in New York. This exhibition celebrates not only Tracey’s personal and professional transformation, but the power of art and friendship to heal, connect, inspire and sustain in good times and bad.

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'All Those Pretty Things'


​Chloe Cook-Williams & Deta C Rayner


Exhibition opening  - Saturday 25 June  2-4pm

Exhibition on view: 24 June to 4 July 2022

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