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Tracy Penn
Brooklyn, NY
Neighborhood: Gowanus

Genre:Abstract;


ARTIST STATEMENT: I’ve always been drawn to texture. I find peace in proportion, striving for balance, never symmetry. I’m intrigued by geometry that has gone astray. I spent much of my life on the periphery of art, facilitating its creation and consumption, never believing I could make my own art or share my own voice. But then my life took a series of twists and turns. And over time, I came to accept that I have no real control over my path. This realization, although painful at times, freed me to commit to creating my own work. This acceptance has allowed me to make mistakes and to embrace chance. It’s freed me to be imperfect and to trust my instincts. This new-found freedom led me to work in encaustic – a process which allows for the building of layers, of scraping away to reveal what lies beneath, of creating texture from found materials, and embedding discarded metal and found objects. My work always begins with an intention, but I allow the process and material to inform the outcome. This letting go adds to the beauty, texture, and feeling of movement in my work. In my search for found material and ways to create texture I have come to embrace the beauty of the discarded and the ordinary things that go unnoticed. I not only use this found material in my encaustic work, but I also photograph these items which I call “Found Beauty”. All of my work is about creating texture and embracing the beauty of discarded materials and transforming them. The idea that transformation is possible underpins all of my work.
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  • Moment of Truth
    2018
    Encaustic on birchwood panel
    12" x 12"

  • Beach Walk
    2018
    Encaustic on birchwood panel
    12" x 12"

  • Hello Again
    2018
    Encaustic on birchwood panel
    12" x 12"

  • Layers Upon Layers
    2018
    Encaustic on birchwood panel
    12" x 12"

  • Darjeeling 1
    2018
    Encaustic on birchwood panel
    10" x 8"

  • Darjeeling 2
    2018
    Encaustic on birchwood panel
    10" x 8"

  • Fox
    2018
    Encaustic on birchwood panel
    10" x 8"

  • Modern Soul
    2018
    Encaustic and found material on birchwood panel
    36" x 24"

  • White Oleander 1
    2018
    Encaustic and found material on birchwood panel
    10" x 10"

  • White Oleander 2
    2018
    Encaustic and found material on birchwood panel
    6" x 8"

  • Circle of One
    2017
    Found metal and encaustic in birch wood panel
    6 Pieces, 8" x 8" each

  • Spirit
    2018
    Encaustic and found material on birchwood panel
    8" x 8"
    Part of the Ode to Dead Horse Bay Series of 6 panels

  • Star
    2018
    Encaustic and found material on birchwood panel
    8" x 8"
    Part of the Ode to Dead Horse Bay Series of 6 panels

  • Tubes
    2018
    Found beauty photography on aluminum
    10" x 10"

  • Rusty Door
    2018
    Found beauty photography on aluminum
    10" x 10"

  • Plasticized
    2018
    Found beauty photography on aluminum
    10" x 10"

  • Touch of Pink
    2018
    Found beauty photography on aluminum
    10" x 10"

  • Umbrella
    2018
    Found beauty photography on aluminum
    10" x 10"

  • Gravel
    2018
    Found beauty photography on aluminum
    10" x 10"

  • Broom
    2018
    Found beauty photography on aluminum
    10" x 10"
 








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