Collective Memory: Imogen

This piece is held by a private collector.


14H x 16.5W x 6.5D Encaustic Mixed Media Sculpture

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

Plaster casting, encaustic/wax, collage, ink, graphite

Imogen is a quiet one, always observing…careful to speak until she has enough information. Like all of us, she absorbs the inundation of sights and sounds that assault her senses each moment. However, Imogen has a long-honed filter. She allows these experiences– the sights, sounds, scents and interactions– to wash over her. She chooses what to retain and what to allow to move from her. Though young, she has lived a thousand lives and each has brought her to this moment. Wise well beyond her years, she is slow to feel the need to prove it. Thoughtful and careful, her exterior aloofness hides her steely inner resolve. Imogen can handle whatever comes her way. Butshe doesn’t need to tell the world about it.

Imogen collects rings. She stacks them on each finger until she can barely strum her guitar. A writer (specifically a poet), she strums amidst the chaos, can name every herb that will heal (or kill) you and has climbed mountains higher than your dreams. She keeps few folks close and allows even fewer to remain. You may not notice her as you pass, and that is your greatest loss.


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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. Tracy’s 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. Casagrande Clancy’s work evokes an ethereal sensibility, encouraging the viewer to look deeper than the surface might initially suggest.
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