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Rain Cloud (grand Rapids) - 2010
A further exploration of the idea of a rain cloud, focusing on the importance of community. Individually, the umbrellas are beautiful, but together they create a much more impactful and visually interesting work. The idea of the importance of community was further perpetuated by the fact that a significant portion of the umbrellas that make up 'Rain Cloud (Grand Rapids)' came from Grand Rapids locals, who donated umbrellas in varying states of disrepair. Using donated and broken umbrellas gives these items that would otherwise be destined for the trash a chance to tell another story and be appreciated for their aesthetic appeal. To add a sense of playfulness to the work, there were spaces left open where viewers could look into the sculpture, becoming more physically involved. For the more adventurous, some openings were located at the base of the sculpture, requiring the viewer to lie on the ground in order to look through them.
Rain Cloud (Grand Rapids) 2010
Materials: Umbrellas and Timber
Shelter - 2009
Shelter for Channel 4 is an opportunity to give discarded umbrellas a second chance; to tell a story. Like Channel 4, which is viewed by people from every level of society, umbrellas are used by all, pointing to the ties that bind us together as a community of people instead of a nation of isolated individuals. It also speaks of the pleasure that can be found in everyday items and their potential to be more than they might first appear.
From all angles, there is a profusion of colour and rounded shapes softening the geometric forms giving the sculpture its shape. Suspended umbrellas seem to float in the shape of the 4, giving the sensation of being suspended from reality. In the evening, lighting allows the colour and shape to have an altered but equally vibrant presence.
Channel 4 Big 4 Public Art Commission, Horseferry Road, London
Materials: Lost and found umbrellas and lighting attached to a steel frame
Highest Point: 1600cm Widest Point: 1200cm
Wall Villages - 2009/2010
Ongoing project using cardboard sewn with cotton twine into geometric forms inspired by the Adobe (or pueblo) houses found in the Southwestern US. Exploring the nature of our built environment and how settlements expand upon themselves with the passage of time.
Individual 'villages' can be hung separately or together, giving this project the capacity to be an ongoing and ever-changing installation piece.
Wall Village 2009
Materials: Cardboard, Cotton Twine, Timbre Frames
A Quieter Place - 2009
A Quieter Place’ is a continuation of the exploration of community and belonging, using the visual suggestion of a shelter to represent individuals as they exist alongside each other.
The solidity of the porcelain is in equal parts restrictive and soft. There are no doors or windows, giving a sense of isolation to each sculpture, but because of the soft lines and gentle glazing, there is a sense of malleability to the work, which suggests openness. This interesting tension between the restrictive yet gentle feel of the grouping seems to be resolved in the piece having a quiet feel to it. There is a certain peacefulness underscored by a sense of loneliness.
A Quieter Place 2009
Drawings - 2009
A selection of small study drawings.
Materials:Ink and Watercolour on Paper
House Melts - 2009
An ongoing experimentation with the remnants of a previous project, Inside. These wall sculptures explore the ways in which life cycles and the potential for the re-use of materials.
House Melts, 2009
Materials: Copper Wire
Rain Cloud - 2009
A playful take on the idea of a rain cloud, using umbrellas of varying patterns and colours to make a bright, vibrant, and fun 'cloud', removing the associations of anxiety and fear from the term.
A cluster of colour suspended on a pole, seemingly floating above the ground. Can be suspended up to 3m from the ground, thereby emphasizing the idea of a mass existing in the air.
Rain Cloud 2009
Sculpture in the Sanctuary, Hill Farm Nurseries
Materials: Steel and Umbrellas
Dimensions: Approximately 2m in diameter, variable height
Supported by the National Lottery through Arts Council England.
Stephanie is currently looking for new venues in which to display Rain Cloud
Inside - 2008
On a bridge connecting two railway platforms, a 'village' of copper wire houses was made in the manner of a 3-dimensional line drawing. Only the roofs were articulated, referencing our need for protection and questioning how we would interact with one another if our walls of self-preservation were gone. Using copper wire, an electrical material usually hidden behind walls, gave its typically overlooked beauty a chance to be showcased and also further emphasized the suggestion of uncommon vulnerability.
As this installation was in a public space, it invited commentary and interpretation from the general public, encouraging community engagement and interaction.
Inside, 2008 The Bridge at Tynemouth Station, Tynemouth, UK
Materials: Copper Wire
Village - 2007
Sewing cardboard using cotton twine, a village was made, commenting on community and isolation. An everyday material was given significance that it does not normally possess, and used to engage a space and the people moving through it.
Village 2007, Hatton Gallery, Newcastle-upon-Tyne, UK
Materials: Cardboard, Cotton Twine, and timbre frame
Home - 2007
Situated in the corner of a dark cellar-like room, this installation was a quiet meditation on the dialogue between the security of home and the uncertainty of the world beyond. A single light bulb hanging over a pristine white dolls house gave this piece a haunting resonance as viewed by a single open door into the otherwise dark and windowless space surrounding.
Home, 2007, TIC Space, Newcastle University, Newcastle-upon-Tyne, UK
Materials: Dolls house, emulsion, light bulb
Untitled (Nesting and Narcicissim) - 2006
Using house paint, a studio space was transformed into a life-size architectural drawing. House paint was used to point out the scope and creative potential possessed by a utilitarian material.
By the artist painting her feet and moving around the space as she imagined it being, she led others through the drawing, enabling them to become a part of the artwork. The footprints invited the public to move through the space as someone else had, thereby connecting them to that other person through their movement and experience of the space.
Untitled (Nesting and Narcicissim), 2006
Newcastle University, Newcastle-Upon-Tyne, UK
Materials: House Paint
Stephanie’s artwork is the product of her exploration of community, belonging, and the role that architecture plays in contextualizing life. She is interested in how homes and the built environment affect the way people live and interact with others. Play and exploration also have significant roles in her work, as she feels that retaining a sense of child-like wonder when looking at the world is important and an effective antidote to the stresses and anxieties faced in life. The use of industrial or everyday materials is a recurring theme throughout her work, pointing at the importance, beauty and significance of daily life.
Stephanie’s work consistently manifests itself with a significant physical presence in the space it inhabits. This is not unintentional; she strives for it to be something unavoidable, and to have a dialogue with the architecture surrounding it. Regardless of the medium she uses, the location of the art informs the end result. Every space tells a story, and art can be used to unlock or add to that story.
Selected Press Coverage
|2009||Brilliant Installation Artworks Around the World, The Big Thinker, Vol 131, October 2009|
|"When does a building transform from a shell into a work of art within itself?"|
|2009||The Channel 4 Big Art Project, Channel 4.com|
|“Stephanie Imbeau was born in Florence, South Carolina in 1982 and attended Ohio State University before coming to England in 2005 to study for a Master of Fine Arts degree at Newcastle University.”|
|2009||Channel 4 Unveils Stephanie Imbeau’s Big 4 Public Art Commission, Saatchi Online|
|“Run by Channel 4 and the Saatchi Gallery, the BIG 4 public art competition was for recent fine-arts graduates registered with Saatchi Online.”|
|2009||Umbrella Design of Channel 4 Logo Launched in London, culture24.org.uk|
|“A 26-year-old Newcastle University graduate from South Carolina, Imbeau’s design won a national competition to decorate the logo outside the headquarters of Channel 4 last May, following in the footsteps of Turner Prize nominee Mark Titchner and Ghanaian sculptor El Anatsui.”|
|2009||New York Post, A Day In Photos: March 4, 2009|
|“An art installation called 'Shelter', a giant number 4 made from discarded umbrellas by artist Stephanie Imbeau, stands illuminated in front of the Channel 4 building in London, England.”|
|2009||Channel 4 Unveils Stephanie Imbeau's Big 4 Public Art Commission|
|“Channel 4 has unveiled a new public art commission outside its London headquarters.”|
|2009||The Daily Edit 03.05.09|
|“A woman admires the installation 'Shelter', a giant number 4 made from discarded umbrellas by artist Stephanie Imbeau”|
|2009||New Art Installation Logo In Front Of The Channel 4 Building|
|“Art installation 'Shelter', a giant number 4 made from discarded umbrellas by artist Stephanie Imbeau, winner Channel 4's BIG4 public art competition”|
|“Pretty bloody lovely. Umbrella art is clearly a fashion set to stick around a little while longer.”|
|2008||Stephanie Imbeau Wins Channel 4's Big4 Public Art Competition|
|“Stephanie Imbeau has won Channel 4's BIG4 public art competition. She completed a Master of Fine Arts, at Newcastle University in 2007.”|
|2008||Graduate’s work at the forefront of public art|
|“An unusual way of re-using umbrellas has won a national art prize for a Newcastle University graduate.”|
|2008||Stephanie finds strength outside restraining walls|
|“A NEW artwork at Tynemouth Metro Station could prove a real talking point with commuters.”|
|2004||Art's True Colors Shown, The Lantern, Arts Section, page 7|
|“Dynamic color, movement and texture paint the expression of what Stephanie Imbeau desires to convey to her audience”|
|2009||Shelter, Channel 4 Big 4, Channel 4 Headquarters, London, UK|
|2008||Inside Revisited, North Tyneside Council Offices, North Tynside, UK|
|2008||Inside, The Bridge at Tynemouth Station, Tynemouth, UK|
|2007||Home, TIC Space, Newcastle University, Newcastle Upon Tyne, UK|
|2002||The Blue Cosmos Exhibition, Blue Cosmos Design, Columbus, Ohio, USA|
|2010||Artprize, Peaches B&B , Grand Rapids, MI, USA|
|2010||The Still Sun presented by SCOOP, Tivoli Garden and Studio, Charleston , SC, USA|
|2009||AIR 3, Morley Gallery, London, UK|
|2009||Sculpture in the Sanctuary, Hill Farm Nurseries, Nottinghamshire, UK|
|2008||Festival Miden, Kalamata, Greece|
|2007||Last of The Summer's Fine Art, The Hatton Gallery, Newcastle University|
|2007||Exhibition of Recent Works, Long Gallery, Newcastle University|
|2006||Departures, MFA Degree and Interim Show, Newcastle University, UK|
|2006||This Other World, Newcastle University, UK|
|2004||This Girl, BFA Exhibition, The Warehouse Gallery, Columbus, Ohio|
|2004||Stephanina!, The Warehouse Gallery, Columbus, Ohio, USA|
|2004||Gallery Hop Exhibition, Galleries at 27 E Russel Street, Columbus, Ohio|
|2003||Holiday Hop Exhibition, Galleries at 27 E Russel Street, Columbus, Ohio, USA|
|2003||When Paintings Leave the Nest, Hopkins Hall 443 Gallery, Ohio State University|
|2003||Art on A Shoe String, Red 16 Gallery, Columbus, Ohio, USA|
|2010||Artist in Residence, Pilot Projects, New York, NY, USA|
|2007||Master of Fine Arts, Newcastle University, UK|
|2004||Bachelor of Fine Art, Cum Laude, Ohio State University, USA|
Competitions, prizes and awards
|2009||Supported by The National Lottery through Arts Council England for new sculpture piece, Rain Cloud|
|2008||Winner of Channel 4’s Big 4 Public Art Competition, London, UK|
|2007||Nominated by BALTIC curator Alessandro Vincentelli for Axis Graduates|
|2003||The Ohio State University Undergraduate Juried Exhibition, Hopkins Hall|
|2002||Surtido, Sullivant Hall, The Ohio State University, Columbus, Ohio, USA|
|2006||Spacewoman; The Biscuit Factory, Newcastle Upon Tyne, UK|