Tracy Wormsbecker

Imprint IVIntaglio, watercolor, organic pigment, sanding18 ⅛ x 17 ⅝ 2011Tracy WormsbeckerInspired by my background in psychology and experience in developmental research, my work examines concepts related to the elusiveness of self-perception based on personal experiences.  I am fascinated by and constantly questioning what is left behind after experience.  This is heavily reflected in my current art practice as I work to create autobiographically-inspired imagery that rests somewhere between the ephemeral existence of a personal event and the lasting, yet shifting impressions that it makes.  Predominantly working with etching, my work uses the printmaking process as a metaphor for this varying effect that a particular instance can have on the self.  Through creating images by incising physical impressions of familiar objects (i.e. leaves, wood grain, fabric, etc.) into etching plates, I seek to produce a sense of permanence created from a temporary action.  Using a variety of printing and post-printing techniques, I then create multiple iterations with subtle differences to explore how the same image can be presented and therefore perceived in different ways.  Although my work undoubtedly examines the shifting perceptions of my own personal experiences, my aim is to explore general human processes.  By using my self-perception as a foundation, my work is exploring this fundamental human concept and invites viewers to reflect on how they themselves personally relate to the imagery that I present.

Imprint IV
Intaglio, watercolor, organic pigment, sanding
18 ⅛” x 17 ⅝” 
2011

Tracy Wormsbecker

Inspired by my background in psychology and experience in developmental research, my work examines concepts related to the elusiveness of self-perception based on personal experiences.  

I am fascinated by and constantly questioning what is left behind after experience.  This is heavily reflected in my current art practice as I work to create autobiographically-inspired imagery that rests somewhere between the ephemeral existence of a personal event and the lasting, yet shifting impressions that it makes.  Predominantly working with etching, my work uses the printmaking process as a metaphor for this varying effect that a particular instance can have on the self.  Through creating images by incising physical impressions of familiar objects (i.e. leaves, wood grain, fabric, etc.) into etching plates, I seek to produce a sense of permanence created from a temporary action.  Using a variety of printing and post-printing techniques, I then create multiple iterations with subtle differences to explore how the same image can be presented and therefore perceived in different ways.  

Although my work undoubtedly examines the shifting perceptions of my own personal experiences, my aim is to explore general human processes.  By using my self-perception as a foundation, my work is exploring this fundamental human concept and invites viewers to reflect on how they themselves personally relate to the imagery that I present.

Tracy Wormsbecker

Imprint IVIntaglio, watercolor, organic pigment, sanding18 ⅛ x 17 ⅝ 2011Tracy WormsbeckerInspired by my background in psychology and experience in developmental research, my work examines concepts related to the elusiveness of self-perception based on personal experiences.  I am fascinated by and constantly questioning what is left behind after experience.  This is heavily reflected in my current art practice as I work to create autobiographically-inspired imagery that rests somewhere between the ephemeral existence of a personal event and the lasting, yet shifting impressions that it makes.  Predominantly working with etching, my work uses the printmaking process as a metaphor for this varying effect that a particular instance can have on the self.  Through creating images by incising physical impressions of familiar objects (i.e. leaves, wood grain, fabric, etc.) into etching plates, I seek to produce a sense of permanence created from a temporary action.  Using a variety of printing and post-printing techniques, I then create multiple iterations with subtle differences to explore how the same image can be presented and therefore perceived in different ways.  Although my work undoubtedly examines the shifting perceptions of my own personal experiences, my aim is to explore general human processes.  By using my self-perception as a foundation, my work is exploring this fundamental human concept and invites viewers to reflect on how they themselves personally relate to the imagery that I present.

Imprint IV
Intaglio, watercolor, organic pigment, sanding
18 ⅛” x 17 ⅝” 
2011

Tracy Wormsbecker

Inspired by my background in psychology and experience in developmental research, my work examines concepts related to the elusiveness of self-perception based on personal experiences.  

I am fascinated by and constantly questioning what is left behind after experience.  This is heavily reflected in my current art practice as I work to create autobiographically-inspired imagery that rests somewhere between the ephemeral existence of a personal event and the lasting, yet shifting impressions that it makes.  Predominantly working with etching, my work uses the printmaking process as a metaphor for this varying effect that a particular instance can have on the self.  Through creating images by incising physical impressions of familiar objects (i.e. leaves, wood grain, fabric, etc.) into etching plates, I seek to produce a sense of permanence created from a temporary action.  Using a variety of printing and post-printing techniques, I then create multiple iterations with subtle differences to explore how the same image can be presented and therefore perceived in different ways.  

Although my work undoubtedly examines the shifting perceptions of my own personal experiences, my aim is to explore general human processes.  By using my self-perception as a foundation, my work is exploring this fundamental human concept and invites viewers to reflect on how they themselves personally relate to the imagery that I present.

About:

PUSH is a student-generated, faculty-juried exhibition that represents the commitment to a high standard of visual art education and practice held by both the faculty and students in the Department of Art at the University of Calgary. The Department of Art is committed to fostering learning environments in which its students can truly flourish as they push their artistic practice and conceptual development to new levels. This year's group of senior art students is thrilled to share their work, ideas and passion for the Arts with the greater Calgary community.