Stephanie Land
Medium: Photography and Sculpture

Studio Location:
183 Lorraine Street
Studio # 48



Artist Bio:
Stephanie Land (b.1978) is a Brooklyn-based artist born in Sheboygan, WI. Her practice is built upon a traditional photography background and developed through an acquired printmaking process. It is an ongoing relationship between photography, sculpture, and artist books. She received her B.A. in Photography at Columbia College Chicago and her M.F.A. in Printmaking at the Royal College of Art, London.

Her residencies include Process Space on Governor's Island with Lower Manhattan Cultural Council (2017). Her solo shows include By Way Of, Sweet Lorraine Gallery, Brooklyn, NY (2015). Her recent group shows include Allow Me To Reintroduce Myself, Cigar Factrory, Long Island City, Queens (2018), Gifts by Artists, Ground Floor Gallery, Brooklyn, NYC (2017), Divining Line, Sweet Lorraine Gallery, Brooklyn, NYC (2015), Casting Shadows Revealing Light (2015); The NY Art Book Fair, MoMA PS1, Queens, NY (2015); and ENDLESS, R.Jampol Project(s), New York, NY (2015). Her awards include Shortlisted for the Conran Awards, London (2013); Illinois Chapter of the National Museum of Women in the Arts Grant Winner, IL (2004); and Illinois Arts Council Grant, IL (2004).

Artist Statement:
I am interested in exploring the ongoing conversation between photography, sculpture and the physical and natural worlds. As an artist, I am moved by the idea that all objects and spaces are held with feeling and memory, that what we leave behind in a space becomes part of someone else's felt memory. How we create spaces for ourselves that are safe and protected in both public and private moments. How a space does not have to be only four walls and a ceiling but it can be abstract like the light hitting an edge of a building that you then walk through, interacting with it.

I am fascinated by the symbols in both human made architecture and the architecture of nature. How we are influenced by the natural arched canopy of a tree to build an arched walkway. How we understand how light will benefit the space and so we build around it. I think of these symbols as a morse code, all around us, guiding us on how to interact. Ritual is an important and recurring element in my work. My practice is based in the multiple, the ritualistic act involved with making. Whether it is the repetition of printing a photo negative, rolling out lithographic prints, creating a small edition of books or making sculptural castings; the multiple invokes a thinking around each piece, a meditation through the act.

With the current times, I am addressing how to visually communicate in a way that can provoke a dialogue and spark change. How do we as artists provoke change through thought and action? My research is in the current pieces I'm working on, specifically the work on whiteness. I am currently looking at topics of whiteness such as silence, certainty and my own personal history.

All images and text copyright Stephanie Land