ALL IMAGES © 2014 MARIAM STEPHAN

ABOUT

 

I paint constructed landscapes that piece together scenes of conflict, abandonment and disarray. Split-level scenes from little lifeboats cracked in half, fractured piers, scaffolding, to huddled shapes trying to escape or hide. I am questioning my own pervasive feeling of helplessness. My paintings and drawings explore the enormity and power of external forces in contrast to ones smaller and more fragile ones.

Using boat shapes is an immediate connection to a slow, archaic, and maybe timeless means of transport. My painted worlds explore uncertainty and hardship, using water as a way for me to destabilize the ground and suggest a constant state of fluctuation. My work explores a space of physical and psychological upheaval.