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Colleen McCubbin Stepanic
updated: 02/12/2013
website: www.stepanic.net
 
   
 
 
     
 
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RHIZOCARPON GEOGRAPHICUM
Cloud Rock
Downward
Ruddy Turnstones
Slide
Caligraphic Mountain
Shore Birds
Traverse
Dot Rock
Pink Topped
Peak
Green Mountain
Tussle
View
Blue Rock
 
Portfolio Keywords:  abstract, meditative, figurative, repetition, organic, feminist, text, process, psychological, anatomy
 
 
RHIZOCARPON GEOGRAPHICUM by Colleen McCubbin Stepanic
RHIZOCARPON GEOGRAPHICUM
Watercolor on Paper
2012
22 " x  30 " 
Cloud Rock by Colleen McCubbin Stepanic
Cloud Rock
Watercolor on Paper
2012
22 " x  30 " 
Downward by Colleen McCubbin Stepanic
Downward
Watercolor on Paper
2012
22 " x  30 " 
Ruddy Turnstones by Colleen McCubbin Stepanic
Ruddy Turnstones
Watercolor on Paper
2012
22 " x  30 " 
Slide by Colleen McCubbin Stepanic
Slide
Watercolor on Paper
2012
22 " x  30 " 
Caligraphic Mountain by Colleen McCubbin Stepanic
Caligraphic Mountain
Watercolor on Paper
2012
22 " x  30 " 
Shore Birds by Colleen McCubbin Stepanic
Shore Birds
Watercolor on Paper
2012
22 " x  30 " 
Traverse by Colleen McCubbin Stepanic
Traverse
Watercolor on Paper
2013
22 " x  30 " 
Dot Rock by Colleen McCubbin Stepanic
Dot Rock
Watercolor on Paper
2013
22 " x  30 " 
Pink Topped by Colleen McCubbin Stepanic
Pink Topped
Watercolor on Paper
2013
22 " x  30 " 
Peak by Colleen McCubbin Stepanic
Peak
Watercolor on Paper
2012
22 " x  30 " 
Green Mountain by Colleen McCubbin Stepanic
Green Mountain
Watercolor on Paper
2012
22" x  30" 
Tussle by Colleen McCubbin Stepanic
Tussle
Watercolor on Paper
2013
22 " x  30 " 
View by Colleen McCubbin Stepanic
View
Watercolor on Paper
2012
22 " x  30 " 
Blue Rock by Colleen McCubbin Stepanic
Blue Rock
Watercolor on Paper
2012
22" x  30" 

Artist Statement

Statement, 2013

To explore and to escape are two sides of the same coin.  To do one you are necessarily doing the other.  In other words, to explore one place you need to leave another place.  The implication being that here is known, solved, understood, or undesirable and there is unknown and waiting to be discovered or experienced.  My greatest source of both escape and exploration is travel.  Through my travels I allow or even force myself to leave behind my responsibilities and standard way of being.  I allow myself to escape into an unknown realm where my relationships are not yet fixed.  These are new circumstances that may produce a new relationship to the world and a new relationship to myself. 

 

These paintings, like the experiences that generated them, are both an escape and an exploration.  I can zoom into a photograph of a mountain (a photograph taken in the first place with a 300mm zoom) and see detail and information I could not see at the time.  I can learn new things about these rocks and I can be disciplined in drawing out their details.  But at the same time I can escape into the general structure of the rock.  And, more as creator than documenter, begin to build my own surface inspired by but different from the original.  This experience is relaxing and seductive because it bears no responsibility to the original image.  But it also degenerates into a meaningless experience.  When that happens I look to an image that does not allow so much freedom.  The paintings of birds and ducks may seem trite in their subject matter but actually perform a vital service.  They force me to reengage with the image, to explore it.  They offer a complexity that is necessary if not always sustainable.  And in making them I once again become the explorer, satisfying my curiosity about the world and my relationship to it. 

Artist Bio / CV

EDUCATION
2003 MFA, Tyler School of Art Elkins Park, Pennsylvania
1993 BFA, University of Dayton, cum laude Dayton, Ohio

GRANTS, AWARDS & RESIDENCIES
2009 Artist in Residence, Hubbell Trading Post NHS, Ganado, AZ
2005 International Artists Residency, Budapest, Hungary
2004 Soaring Gardens Artist’s Residency, Ora Lerman Foundation, Laceyville, PA
2003 Joan Mitchell MFA Grant, Joan Mitchell Foundation, New York, NY
Project Completion Grant, Tyler School of Art, Elkins Park, PA
2002 Graduate Teaching Assistantship, Tyler School of Art, Elkins Park, PA
Honorable Mention, 6th Annual Georgetown International, Washington DC
2000 Latin Association for Visual Arts Award, Toledo, OH
1997 Grant from the Arts Commission of Greater Toledo, Toledo, OH


SELECTED SHOWS & EXHIBITIONS
2010

Home, Painted Bride, Philadelphia, PA

2009
AIR Exhibition, Hubbell Trading Post NHS, Ganado, AZ
Hudson Gallery, Sylvania, OH
URBAN, InLiquid’s 10 Anniversary Exhibition, Philadelphia, PA

2008
Solo Exhibition, Earlville Opera House Gallery, Earlville, NY
Philadelphia Open Studio Tours, Philadelphia, PA
“8-Hour Projects” Bowman, Penlec & Megahan Galleries, Meadville, PA
Reason, Faith, and Imagination, ArtStreet Studio D Gallery, Dayton, OH
9th Annual National Exhibition, Huber Art Center, Shippensburg University, Shippensburg, PA
LaGrange National XXV, LaGrange Art Museum, LaGrange, GA

2007
Cazenovia College, Cazenovia, NY
Positive/Negative Twenty-Two, Slocumb Galleries, Johnson City, TN
New Art 2007, MPG Contemporary, Boston, MA
The Body Sublime, Parkland Art Gallery, Champaign, IL
Drawing No Conclusions, Urban Institute for Contemporary Arts, Grand Rapids, MI

2006
Drawing Center, Viewing Program, New York, NY
Fresh Paint, Hudson Gallery, Sylvania, OH
Paint Creek Center for Arts, TFAS Exhibition, Rochester, MI

2005
Hudson Gallery, Solo Exhibition, Sylvania, OH
WordArt, University Galleries on Sycamore, Cincinnati, OH
Magnitude Seven, Manifest Gallery, Cincinnati, OH

2004
Cue Art Foundation, Joan Mitchell Foundation, New York, NY
Hudson Gallery, Group Exhibition, Sylvania, OH