Tracy Fish: “Times of Stillness”

We invited artists from Duke’s MFA EDA community to share work they have made in response to the coronavirus crisis. See the full “Home & Away” collection here.

Tracy Fish: “Times of Stillness”

Artist’s Reflection

Some days come easier during these unusual times, as I try to find inspiration for making images daily within my home. In the past few weeks, I’ve observed through my window the changing seasons more closely than ever before. Snow melted, returned, and within days clouds rapidly rolled in bringing with it the welcomed rare scent of spring showers in this high desert region; a place otherwise filled with an abundance of sun for most of the year.

In these times of stillness, traces of memory linger like petrichor, the earthy scent when rain falls after a prolonged dry spell. Though these tumultuous moments have felt exactly that, a dry spell that I am trapped and confined to, I’ve slowed down to find brief moments of escape, seeking beauty in what is impermanent and incomplete.


Born and raised in Brooklyn, NY, Tracy Fish received her MFA in Experimental & Documentary Arts from Duke University (2015) and a BA in Art Studio from Coastal Carolina University. She is currently the Assistant Professor of Photography and Area Head of Photography/Videography at University of Nevada, Reno teaching courses in still and moving image.