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Stephanie Metz

425 Auzerais Avenue
San Jose, CA 95126, U.S.A.
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Email: stephaniegmetz@gmail.com
URL: http://www.stephaniemetz.com

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 Stephanie Metz explores the tension created when disparate qualities are forced to coexist. Her work is anchored in the corporeal realm and evocative of universal experiences of the body; recent small studies and human-scaled sculptures combine extremes of anatomy, from soft weighty folds of flesh to the stripped-down architecture of bones. From afar the forms appear smooth and hard, but closer observation reveals unexpected texture and imperfections in the visibly soft surface. Cream-colored wool accounts for the appearance and structure: felted wool is a mass of matted fibers that hold together on a microscopic level through precise and repetitive hand work. Felted wool can appear both hard and soft, fragile and robust, natural and manmade. While it is often viewed through the lens of its traditional and historical uses in the realms of domesticity, craft, and industry, in Stephanie’s hands wool is loaded with potential for physical manipulation and conceptual redefinition.

 

 

Stephanie Metz received her BFA from the University of Oregon and lives and works in San JoseCalifornia. Her work is currently featured in the 2015 Rijswijk Textile Biennial in theNetherlands as well as the exhibitions Sculptural Felt International and Black Sheep, each touring the United Kingdom. Her numerous group exhibitions include FiberArt International at the Pittsburgh Center for the Arts, Creatures: From Bigfoot to the Yeti Crab at the Sun Valley Center for the Arts in Idaho, Formex Stockholm 2008 in Stockholm, Sweden, andTransmission:Experience at the Institute of Contemporary Arts, Singapore. Stephanie has recently been honored as a 2015 Artist Laureate by Silicon Valley Creates, and is the recipient of a Belle Foundation for Cultural Development grant as well as two Center for Cultural Innovation grants. She has taught at Penland School of Crafts in North Carolina and Arrowmont School of Arts and Crafts in Tennessee