Stephanie Booth: Bio
Stephanie is a working artist in the Washington D.C. area. She attended Mary Washington College and graduated, with honors, in 2004 with a BA in Studio Art and Art History. While working as a secondary art educator for six years, in 2007 she earned an MIS in studio art with concentrations in Mixed Media and Computers in the Arts from Virginia Commonwealth University. She is a recently received her MFA in Art and Visual Technology from George Mason University. Stephanie is currently an adjunct professor at Northern Virginia Community College and George Mason University. You can view a gallery of her student work online. Her full CV and exhibition history is also available online.
Stephanie's interdisciplinary art integrates digital photography, printmaking, video, and fiber art techniques to question our connections to memory and history. Stephanie has exhibited her work nationally and internationally in galleries in New York, Chicago, Washington D.C., Toronto, and China. Spinster was published in the Washington Post and her recent series She Always Wanted to Be a Blonde garnered attention from DC art critic Lenny Campello and former Washington Post art critic Michael O'Sullivan. You can read more about her work in progress on her blog.
Our recollections and family histories are human constructs created by our selective memory. Though often inaccurate they serve an important role keeping us connected to the past while tethering us to the present. Though these remembrances are inherently flawed, they orient us to our own accepted reality. My use of appropriated family photos, stories, and genealogy in my work references these constructs. For me, there is an undeniable urge to connect to the past and uncover my roots and origins. However, the past which we did not experience will always be a mystery. My work struggles with discovering the undiscoverable.