Artist Statement:

My sculptures play with the line between two and three-dimensionality. Some of my pieces are three dimensional sculptures, but mimic two dimensional images by allowing light to act as the painting medium, questioning traditional displays of paintings in museums. Others use altered flat materials like glass or textiles to interrogate what space means in relationships. I display the emotional proximity, but physical distance between loved ones with materials that represent my relationships. I frequently use glass in conjunction with textiles as a symbol for comfort, family, and femininity, but in a way that also accentuates the ability for that comfort to easily break or fail. By mapping light and space onto these materials, my work attempts to capture the complex, composite and often contradictory emotions at the heart of human relationships.

 

Bio:

A native of Westport, CT, Stefania has lived in and gathered inspiration from various different locations including Brazil, Seattle, and Brooklyn. She received her BFA from the Rhode Island School of Design’s Glass Department in 2013. She has attended and created new stimulating pieces at some vibrant artist residencies including creating a portrait of her mother out of mushrooms at Elsewhere Studios in Colorado. Stefania currently lives, creates new work, and plays in Manchester, VT.

 

CV:

Education

February 2013        BFA from the Rhode Island School of Design Glass Department, Providence, RI

 

Exhibitions

March-May 2017    House of Her - Stefania Urist Solo Show, Gallery 287 at the Cultural Alliance of Western Connecticut, Danbury, CT

May-July '16           Modern Alchemy - The Art of Glass, Wilson Museum at the Southern Vermont Arts Center, Manchester, VT

April-June '16         Breaking the Mold: Inspired by Innovation - A Contemporary Juried Exhibition, Cape Cod Museum of Art, Dennis, MA

March-April '16       Eco Creations 7, Arts Longmont Gallery, Longmont, CO

May 2015                Pith: Cycles of Life and Death, Elsewhere Studios, Paonia, CO

March 2015            Art for the Love of It, Lockwood Mansion, Norwalk, CT

June 2014               People's Choice Salon Show, Greenpoint Gallery, Brooklyn, NY

May 2014                Art for the Love of It, Lockwood Mansion, Norwalk, CT

April 2013               Glass Department Senior Exhibition, Woods Gerry Gallery, Rhode Island School of Design, Providence, RI

February 2013       The In-Between, Solo Senior Thesis Exhibition, 204 Westminster Street, Providence, RI

February 2013        Glass Department Triennial, Woods Gerry Gallery, Rhode Island School of Design, Providence, RI

April 2012               Intangible Change, Gallery 304, Rhode Island School of Design, Providence, RI

 

Residencies

April 2016               Vermont Artist Week, Vermont Studio Center, Johnson, VT

May 2015                Elsewhere Studios Art in Residence, Paonia, CO

February 2014        RISD Glass Department Artist in Residence, Rhode Island School of Design, Providence, RI