Today we’d like to introduce you to Stefani Greenwood.
Every artist has a unique story. Can you briefly walk us through yours?
Pretty much every time I was asked what I wanted to be when I grew up, “an artist” was my answer. Except when I would answer with “a police officer”, which seems strange but is maybe because my Uncle was one and I loved him. Etymologist or gardner would have been appropriate answers too.
The last 40 years have been so many things that it is overwhelming to try and be brief. In no particular order: gardens, animals, a curved hill, a rainbow on the carpet, walking home from school, coffee, the bus, boys, music, riding in cars, the ocean, books, smoking, taking pictures, collecting, you and me, highways, rivers, reflections, concrete, mapping, systems, drifting, crying, future, desire, death, the internet.
Please tell us about your art.
I am a maker. I have studied both photography and visual merchandising, which have led me in many directions including product photography, fine art photography and designing things like books, graphics and websites. Now that I am a mom you will find me cutting and glueing with glee in my daughter’s classroom. Having a child has definitely and is constantly rearranging my brain and directed me to my new project with my creative partner, Gilda Davidian. It is called Treehouse, and is a family space that cultivates creativity and connection through arts and community. It was created to provide parents, caretakers, and children with opportunities to expand their collective networks of support while participating in activities that nurture the mind, body, and spirit.
Given everything that is going on in the world today, do you think the role of artists has changed? How do local, national or international events and issues affect your art?
I have really been giving the idea of the artist having a role a great deal of thought and consideration. My initial reaction is one of revolt against any type of role which would put parameters up that just seem too confining. And I am having a hard time getting past that feeling. My response to the everyday stress of the world as we know it today is to work towards a present and future that embody the values, I hold in my heart to be true. I don’t know what is going on anymore (which I definitely think is due to stress and anxiety from the news every day), but I am alive and full of love. Visit Treehouse and let’s make a space that is radical, adaptable and pursuing happiness.
How or where can people see your work? How can people support your work?
Please visit my personal website, stefanigreenwood.com and our project site, treehousefamily.org. If you know of a great space for Treehouse Family Space or want to collaborate or volunteer please let me know!