Stephanie Booth: Bio
Stephanie Booth is an artist working in the Washington D.C. metro area. She attended Mary Washington College and graduated with honors in 2004, earning a BA in Studio Art and Art History. Booth worked as a secondary art educator for six years and, during that time, studied at Virginia Commonwealth University, earning an MIS in Studio Art with concentrations in Mixed Media and Computers in the Arts in 2007. She recently received her MFA in Art and Visual Technology from George Mason University and is currently an adjunct professor at The College of Southern Maryland and George Mason University. Selected examples of her students’ work can be viewed online. Booth’s full CV and exhibition history are also available online.
Booth's interdisciplinary practice integrates digital photography, printmaking, video, and fiber art techniques to investigate the connections between memory and history. Booth has exhibited her work nationally and internationally, including galleries in New York, Chicago, Washington D.C., Toronto, and China. Her series entitled Spinster was published in the Washington Post as a part of the Real Art D.C. contest. Information about Booth’s work in progress can be found on her blog.
Recollections and family histories are constructs created by our selective memory. Even though memories are often inaccurate, they serve an important role by keeping us connected to the past while tethering us to the present. Ultimately remembrances are revealed to be inherently flawed, and yet they orient us to our own accepted reality. I use appropriated family photos, stories, and genealogies in my work to reference these unstable constructs. I am constantly trying to connect with the past and to uncover my roots and origins; however, the past, which I did not experience firsthand, will always be a mystery. My work struggles to discover the undiscoverable.