Recently, I have been working with found and naturally occurring objects and materials as part of an expanded drawing practice. My research is primarily focused on aspects of New Materialism and feminist practice as it relates to the environment and ecology.

Cultural theorist Donna Haraway has become a touchstone as I grapple with the enormity of our environmental crisis. She speaks of ‘response-ability’ as a capacity to respond when you don’t have the answers in advance; rather than focusing on what you do know, holding space for uncertainty and new ways of thinking. Central to this is the idea of interdependence: of making kin, or connections, with those around you; of the connections that already exist amongst critters that make life possible; of embracing thinking that is ‘tentacular’ and open-ended. These ideas inform my working process as I piece together fragments of images and objects in new configurations, and explore different modes of connection: sticking and stitching, pinning, weaving and knotting.

I live and work on the lands of the Boonwurrung and Wurundjeri people of the Eastern Kulin nation, and pay my respects to their Elders, past, present and emerging. 




Artist in Residence, Craft Cubed Festival 2018 Photo: Eliza Tiernan 




Stephanie is a current candidate for a Master of Contemporary Art at the Victorian College of the Arts, and has a Bachelor of Visual Arts with First Class Honours from the ANU School of Art. Recent projects include: Small Gatherings, Craft Vitrine Gallery; Craft Cubed Artist in Residence, Craft Victoria; Not a love, not a jewel, not a single line, Bundoora Homestead Art Centre; and CUT, The Dirty Dozen, Melbourne. Stephanie has been shortlisted for the Wyndham Art Prize, the Banyule Works on Paper Award, the City of Hobart Art Prize and the Swan Hill Print and Drawing Acquisitive Award. Her work is held in private collections including The Peter Fay Collection and the Henry Ergas Private Collection.


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