Collective Memory: Astrid


14H x 16.5W x 6.5D Encaustic Mixed Media

Wired for Wall Hanging or can be displayed as Free-Standing

Astrid is a wall-hanging sculpture (can also be free-standing) composed of plaster cast, encaustic wax, collage, gold leaf and crushed glass. When lit from behind, the material is semi-translucent and highlights the many layers of material, telling Astrid’s story.

Astrid has become beautiful. She has garnered her scars; she has woven her layers; her burns and beauty are hard-won. She tells stories of epic loves and even more tragic loss. She has seen things she cannot describe and wept at the most simple moments. Astrid sings the blues, reads anything in front of her, loves the sea and darkness. She holds her cards close, though every person she meets feels as if they know her well. She yearns to travel and claim a new name on every distant shore. Astrid is most at home with a blanket over her lap, glass of a wine in hand, candlelight her only companion. Well, aside from her five pet overly-aggressive Beta fish.


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Influenced by her experience as a Master’s-level pediatric grief counselor and social worker, Tracy Casagrande Clancy’s work examines the influence of life and death among us, as evidenced in the tiniest details of our daily interactions.
Tracy also holds a Bachelor of Fine Arts, which inspired the integration of her love of photography with the encaustic process, an ancient painting form that utilizes both hot and cold wax application. Her work includes sculptural studies on the human form which combine her love of layering materials and the human body in all its presentations.
Layered foundational photographic and written images are communicated in Tracy’s encaustic work by employing a combination of techniques. Her process can require months of incorporating materials including wax, chalk, collage, acrylic, crushed glass, metal, pastel and oil paints in order to achieve depth, texture and pattern in her finished pieces. The work evokes an ethereal sensibility, encouraging the viewer to look deeper than the surface might initially suggest.
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