Today we’d like to introduce you to Stephanie Sherwood.
Stephanie, we’d love to hear your story and how you got to where you are today both personally and as an artist.
I’ve always been passionate about art and that enthusiasm only seems to grow. I was trained to draw and paint at CSU Long Beach and began creating my own professional bodies of work after I returned from my year-long study abroad program in Guangzhou, China.
As a resident artist of the Hawthorne Arts Complex I maintain a rigorous studio practice, which continues to grow and thrive. Additionally, I enjoy collaborating with my peers producing curated shows and facilitating art events. I love the process, seeing disparate ideas come together, the way an artwork is hung in relation to other pieces has the potential to spark new conversations, revealing aspects of the work that weren’t apparent in the vacuum of the studio. Many exhibitions and events have changed my views on the world, and it is unbelievably fun and rewarding to work on projects that can have that effect on others. Together with Cecelia Caro, Noel Madrid and Katie Shanks I have founded an artist collective called SILA-Somewhere in LA.
We’d love to hear more about your art. What do you do you do and why and what do you hope others will take away from your work?
My artwork always reflects the world around me, but I am particularly drawn to the abject. I love to take a closer look at subjects we as city dwellers tend to avoid: whether it be raw meat, garbage or shopping carts piled high with detritus. I love to draw and paint, and more recently I have been exploring these subjects in three dimensions too! My preferred art making materials tend to be rather modest, house paint, paper, cardboard and plywood. The process of transforming and elevating these humble substances is enthralling.
What do you think it takes to be successful as an artist?
As an artist, I define success by a thriving studio practice. If I am going to the studio regularly and continually pushing ideas and experimenting, that is success. I feel like showing my work and engaging with my peers in the art community is very much a part of that success. The more I go out and see shows and support my fellow makers, the more inspired and brave I become in my own studio practice. Feedback is also key, critiquing with other artists is an important part of the process.
Do you have any events or exhibitions coming up? Where would one go to see more of your work? How can people support you and your artwork?
My work can be seen online! I will update social media with any opportunities to see my work or projects.
- Website: www.stephaniesherwoodart.com
- Email: firstname.lastname@example.org
- Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/stephanie_sherwood_art/
- Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=100010525534570
- Other: www.somewhereinla.com
Stephanie Sherwood and Kevin Sherwood