Courtesy of the Artist.
Stephanie Hier’s Snail Snafu deftly combines competing visual registers: The subject of the figurative painting—a cornucopia of dewy plums—is rendered with naturalistic precision, while readymade silhouettes of two hands in a delicate grasping gesture overlay the pictorial surface, as though plucked from a different image world altogether. A clearly handmade, thin, blue ceramic sculptural frame then draws attention to the artist’s careful, subjective selection of images, whose placement in such a crafted space makes at once for a compositional coherence and playful dissonance. –Courtesy of The Kitchen
Framed, framed dimensions: 16 x 11 x 1.5 inches
Born in 1992, Stephanie Hier primarily makes paintings that explore the structures and intersections of different visual cultures. A classically trained painter influenced by the 17th century Dutch Masters of still life painting, Hier fuses both photorealistic and illustrative painting styles in a single picture plane to create layered images of seemingly dichotomous subject matter that mirror the contradictions endemic to the contemporary visual landscape. Hier’s paintings are frequently presented in hand-crafted ceramic frames that self-reflexively acknowledge the painter’s role in staging images for the viewer. Hier has had exhibitions at Downs and Ross, New York, NY, NEOCHROME, Turin and ThreeFourThreeFour, New York, NY.
Image rights: Courtesy of the Artist and The Kitchen.
About Stephanie Hier
Canadian, b. 1992, Toronto, ON, Canada, based in Queens, NY, United States