In anticipation of the exhibition 40 under 40: Craft Futures, on view at the Renwick Gallery of the Smithsonian American Art Museum from July 20, 2012 -- February 3, 2013, the museum asked the 40 artists featured to share personal videos of themselves with our audience. Here's what Stephanie Liner submitted—enjoy! Stephanie Liner Social Media Video, 2012 digital video, color, sound, 1:08 mins. Courtesy of the artist
NARRATOR: Stephanie Liner of New York grew up in North Carolina, a region once known for its traditional furniture and textile industries. Stephanie creates art using sewing, upholstery, and building techniques inspired by these industries.
Just as each region of the country has lost much of its manufacturing identity, North Carolina has experienced a decline in furniture and textile manufacturing. Stephanie’s work questions the loss of identity of the region but also preserves these craft-based skills through her adopted techniques. Her work explores the connection between the human body and architecture, while questioning gender identity and the traditional roles of the masculine and feminine.
The use of floral pattern is designed to create a visual of constraint through pattern and color. The models enveloped in these structures and patterns are passively constrained, while expressing frustrated body language and eye contact to engage in a power struggle with the voyeuristic stares of the viewer. These interactions bring to light our cultures use of sexual and social roles to limit and label one another.
Renwick Gallery (Pennsylvania Avenue at 17th Street NW)
40 under 40: Craft Futures features forty artists born since 1972, the year the Smithsonian American Art Museum’s contemporary craft and decorative arts program was established at its branch museum, the Renwick Gallery.