My current work reflects what I have experienced physically and psychologically on and through my body. Whether these experiences have been self-inflicted or caused by external forces, they have molded my relationship with my body and how I identify with it. I feel a disassociation with myself that is explored here through organic materials and imagery, serving as metaphors for the emotional and physical matter beneath my skin. How can I be so sure what is truly inside my body if I cannot easily break my skin’s barrier and access it? The dripping plant imagery, the use of hair and dead flowers, and seed pods take the place of what could be my stomach, muscles, growths inside my body, or skin. The materials I use to create a piece undergo stress and trauma, while emulating playfulness and careful craftsmanship. Not only does my body have the ability to receive abuse and pain, but it has the capacity to inflict it as well. I express this by burning, cutting, and neglecting my materials while presenting them in a way that could be considered humiliating. However, I remorse this humiliation by emphasizing detail in my work: hand sewing fabrics and paper, drawing each strand of hair, taking the time to fully render paintings and drawings. It is a dichotomous relationship that continues to affect my work and myself.
Stephanie Berrie is an artist from Dayton, Ohio. She completed her BFA at the Columbus College of Art and Design in 2015, and is currently an MFA candidate for printmaking at Texas Tech University. She currently resides in Lubbock, Texas, and when she's not busy making weird prints and paintings, you can find her singing cat-inspired remixes of classic 80's hits.