Artist Statement:

Humans find comfort in categorization. My sculptures asks viewers to purposefully disrupt that habit. Why are rigid, right angles seen as masculine whereas natural forms that curve and comfort tend to typify femininity? By reimagining traditional concepts of gender, we can begin to confront our ingrained ideals of the female body and behavior through the use of man-made materials such as glass, concrete, and steel. The tendency toward categorization goes beyond gender. We attempt to construct barriers between city and nature, architecture and organic matter, and geometric structures and human bodies. Clay, sand, wool, and ore have been worked by countless hands to become brick, glass, thread, concrete, and lead, which have then been reworked back into organic sculptures to construct the House of Her.

 

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

September 2017    Fine art scholarship to Vermont Studio Center, Johnson, VT

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

 

 

Representation

May 2017-Present              Helmholz Fine Art Gallery, Manchester, VT     http://helmholzfineart.com/