Today we’d like to introduce you to Stephanie Jaffe.
Born and raised in New York, Stephanie has singularly pursued a career in the arts. First attending Temple University Tyler School of Art, she earned a BFA in ceramics and glass. During her college education, she studied in Rome, Italy to expand her repertoire. While in Rome, her love for glass and implementing mixed media into assemblages was born.
Upon her return to the states, Stephanie founded Germantown Glass, which is renowned for their refined objects d’art. For the past two decades, she has also worked as an accomplished public artist in Miami, Florida. Stephanie’s large public art features include both 2D and 3D projects with bold, colorful composition, graceful 3D forms, and realized in a myriad of durable materials. Attention to detail, fine craftsmanship, and workability are hallmarks of a Jaffe public art feature.
Can you give our readers some background on your art?
The arc of my studio work often upholds a raucous palette, creative use of found objects, and sly composition. The over-the-top saturation of color coupled with refashioned figurines underscore the secret life to these familiar objects; which is not all it seems. My compositions are surfeit with humor and indulgence wrapped in too-pretty packages.
Nostalgia, which by definition includes poignancy, is there just below the whimsical surfaces of the fanciful concoctions. It is here that I probe the complex interplay between memory and the emotional resonance of objects. Once treasured possessions perhaps part of a collection, evoke personal connections.
When one collects, one experiments with arranging and organizing, which may serve to provide a safety zone, a place of refuge. For me, collecting is about the thrill of the hunt and refashioning familiar forms to create a new identity for them. Vivid visual puns on the function of objects rendered in a modern and unexpected way.
What would you recommend to an artist new to the city, or to art, in terms of meeting and connecting with other artists and creatives?
Go to events.
What’s the best way for someone to check out your work and provide support?
-Local public art installations:
Miami Lakes Town Hall, Veterans Memorial
Dick’s Sporting Goods storefront, City of Boynton Beach
-Upcoming exhibition: “Hot & sticky”: The Sultry State
Curated by Lisa Rockford
Location: Fat Village
523 NW 1st Ave, Fort Lauderdale 33301
-Opening reception April 28, 6-10pm
Second reception: May & catalogue release May 26, 6-10
Closing reception: June 30, 6-10pm
- Website: www.stephaniejaffeart.com
- Phone: 3055286589
- Email: Stephanie@jaffeartstudio.com
- Instagram: Stephaniejaffeart
- Facebook: stephaniejaffeart
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