artist statement

A desire to both hold on to and let go of our past influences drives my mixed-media practice. Contradictions of form and media quietly speak to tensions we have with negotiating our sense of place.
As works seem to pull themselves together or break apart, they act as stand-ins for complex personas confronting their environments-- physical, spiritual or cultural. Visually these material-driven paradoxes can confuse viewers due to their orderly nature, but the tightness of craft makes the tensions within them quickly felt, yet mysteries for us to ponder further. In this way materials contrasts and connections act as clues. From upholstered forms, needle work, and velvet to concrete, tree branches, and rocks, I seek ways to express complex negotiations with our edges—our reaches, our landings, our thresholds,

… our sense of home.


(c) Stacy Isenbarger 2021