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Stephanie Patton

Artist Statement Submitted 2019

Humor plays an important role in my work. I often use it as a device to bring attention to critical issues including an exploration of mental and physical health, themes of healing, comfort and self-preservation. As a child of a parent afflicted with mental illness, I can speak of the misunderstood nature of this disease and the taboos associated with it. Through this experience, I gravitate towards materials and processes that I feel best address my conceptual concerns and often allude to various emotional states. Mattress quilting can suggest ideas related to birth, death, intimacy, relationships, illness and rest. I also use vinyl in my sculptural relief work for its physical properties as well as for its inherent references to mental and physical health and protection. My work often addresses psychological themes while exploring the relationship between humor and personal therapies.

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