Date of Award
Master of Fine Arts (MFA)
I like to think of my work as being more culturally diverse than I am. In my artwork, I am creating an alternate reality that mimics the process of how I think and feel when exploring. The objects are created from both real and imagined experiences. Reality becomes blurred when one can't distinguish between what's real and what's created, or what's truth and what's fiction. This body of work is rooted in four close family traditions:
• Money Wash depicts the ritual of washing my hands in money every New Years
• Rhododendron evokes the memory of having my photograph taken by my
grandfather in front of the springtime bloom each year.
• Peony is reminiscent of the passing on of a peony bush from generation to
• Pierogiwas inspired by the annual practice of making and eating pierogi with my
father's family on Christmas Eve.
Exploring these traditions allowed me to find imagery and motifs that are meaningful to me, and allowed the plants, flowers, bushes, money, and food to be transformed into ornamentation and decoration. From there, the work travels. Each piece is a collection of cultural inspirations, imageries, and forms.
Kantor, Stephanie, "The desire for culture" (2015). Art Practices MFA Theses. 25.