Meet the Artists Reception: Saturday, January 12, 2019 | 2:00 – 4:00 PM | FREE
Artist Talk + Gallery Tour: Saturday, February 2, 2019 | 2:00 PM | FREE
In her solo exhibition Nature/Nurture, Stephanie Garon exposes the frailty of humanity versus the environment while emphasizing the importance of sustaining both. Juxtaposing steel and organic materials, that change formally over time, the artist constructs sculptures which are a metaphor for human limitations in the face of nature. Fusing biological and emotional perspectives of form and function, her works concrete, honey, soil, wax, talc, paper, glass, clay, leaves and other natural materials in various stages of decomposition. Reflecting on the dichotomy of the visible world against invisible memories of it, Garon builds fragile pieces that capture traces of time passing as dried pine needles tenuously cling to a steel armature, or honey turns brittle between mounds of concrete. She also uses chemistry to manipulate materials, making a paste of talc and cloudberry oil or stirring Cabernet Sauvignon into a resin coating before applying the unstable mixtures to sheets of bent steel. In her dynamic natural forms, that continue to transform in the gallery, Garon captures the paradoxes of formalism and fragility, permanence and impermanence, nature and nurture.
ABOUT THE ARTIST: Stephanie Garon is a Maryland-based artist who received dual degrees in Nutritional Sciences and Health Administration from Cornell University in Ithaca, NY before studying Fine Art at Maryland Institute College of Art and Visual Arts Education at University of Maryland, College Park. Her work has been featured in more than 30 national and international juried exhibitions, including shows at the Ann Street Gallery (Newburgh, NY); CICA Museum (Gyeonggi-Do, South Korea), Salisbury University Art Gallery (Salisbury, MD), Lubomirov-Hughes Gallery (London, UK); Weisman Art Museum at the University of Minnesota (Minneapolis, MN), Visual Art Exchange (Raleigh, NC), Zenith Gallery (Washington, DC), Artists & Makers Gallery (Rockville, MD), and the Baltimore World Trade Center (Baltimore, MD). Garon is a native Washingtonian who grew up in Montgomery County. In addition to her studio practice, Garon currently teaches for Howard County Public Schools, the Maryland Institute College of Art Young People’s Studios program, and the Walters Art Museum in Baltimore. Learn more about the artist at: www.garonstudio.com