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Stephanie Patton

Artist Statement Submitted 2020

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. Given the state of the world today, the word join embodies the irony of coming together in the mind while being physically distanced. 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.

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