Tammy Mackay’s work is often conceptualised as a series. Her new series ‘Young’ explores the theme of youth and the vulnerability and freedom that intertwine. All her works are a personal exploration of themes, often a journey of feelings linked to an object, moment or past memory. Images have become both layered in process and layered in meaning. Animals and birds have become central to the themes and convey a subtle symbolism within their depiction. ‘Those Lost Forever’, ‘Gone but not Forgotten’ from the Love [loss] and Identity series, and ‘Everlasting’ from her Goat series were exhibited at the Royal Academy Summer Exhibition in 2013, 2014 and 2015 consecutively.
Mackay grew up on a farm in the Eastern Cape of South Africa and studied at Rhodes University in South Africa graduating with an Honours Degree in Fine Arts, majoring in Printmaking. Although she now lives in the UK, her work still reflects the imagery of where she grew up. She exhibits widely in the UK and abroad, and has work included in collections in South Africa and the UK.