Tracy Penn
Medium: Painting and Photography

Studio Location:
280 Nevins Street
Studio # 3-3

Phone: 9177498797



Artist Bio:
I have come about my artistic training in a long and round-about way.

During under graduate school at Boston University I studied art history and design.

After many years of working in the advertising industry, both in New York and internationally, I studied black and white photography at the International Center for Photography.

I continued my study of art history at the New York School for Interior Design and took courses in color theory, textiles and finishes, and drafting.

I received my masters in Visual Arts Administration from New York University, where I studied contemporary art, public art, arts management and interned at the Museum of Modern Art.

After working at the Guggenheim in the public programming department, I curated an event featuring over 75 artists for the City of New York in celebration of the women's suffrage centennial, Declaration of Sentiments: The Remix.

I studied mixed media and encaustic at the Arts Student League of New York and have taken numerous encaustic workshops with a range of highly regarded artists working in the medium.

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.

All images and text copyright Tracy Penn