Stephanie Flowers
2015 Award: Tuckers Pottery Supplies Ltd. Clay Supply Grant

Stephanie Flowers received her BFA in Sculpture & Installation with a minor in Material Art & Design at OCAD University in 2013. She is the recent recipient of the FUSION Scholarship Award. She is currently living in Toronto, but will be out of province for two residencies including Medalta in Alberta, and Alfred University in New York.

Stephanie’s work stems from her obscure relationship with the human body. As a subject she finds fascinating yet unsettling, she engages with these uncomfortable qualities to create unfamiliar narratives. Her work strives to create something whole and new from fragments. To understand the realities of our internal landscapes, cells, organs and more are reinterpreted or invented. Additionally, unconventional orientations prompt further examination of how these parts might resemble a new whole, and what the re-imagined body means in a contemporary context. 

Stephanie’s practice is grounded in an exploration towards the sensate body, which is articulated and translated through the tactile mediums she works with. These qualities are highlighted through minimal, delicate, bone-like porcelain, and are often juxtaposed with spindly, wax-coated textiles. Her practice is founded in creating ceramic sculptures that are hand-built and slip-cast. The forms recall familiar structures while returning an intimacy and new understanding towards observing the body.

www.stephanieflowers.org

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Soft Views I & II
Slab-rolled cone 6 porcelain, wooden dowels, paint

Upend
Slip-cast cone 6 porcelain, rope, wax, pigment

Upend
Slip-cast cone 6 porcelain, rope, wax, pigment

Reflexion
Slip-cast cone 6 porcelain, string, wax, pigment

Reflexion
Slip-cast cone 6 porcelain, string, wax, pigment

Unmapped
Hand built cone 6 porcelain, string, wax, pigment, insect pins

Unmapped
Hand built cone 6 porcelain, string, wax, pigment, insect pins

A Study of Invented Organ(ism)s
Hand built cone 6 porcelain, oak

Into a Knot
Slip-cast cone 6 porcelain, oak

Into a Knot
Slip-cast cone 6 porcelain, oak

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