Stephanie Beck

My work reinterprets line as sculpture to explore connections between the figure and architecture. In the hinged sculptures, line becomes awkwardly jointed bodies that sag, curve, and lean against walls and themselves. The pieces focus on the moveable structure of the body; the articulation of joints, the angles of crossed limbs, how gravity works on relaxed forms. They are inspired in part by how my body negotiates the other bodies around me; elbows, legs, and knees jutting out on the subway, on couches, in bed.

In the framework pieces, line designates architectural forms that accumulate to become organic structures. These pieces consider the scaffolding of building and body and the intricate, empty spaces inside.

My work is largely hand-crafted, imparting a vital sense of touch and imperfection to each piece.

About Stephanie beck

Stephanie has an M.F.A. from the Pennsylvania Academy of the Fine Arts, a Post-Baccalaureate from the School of the Museum of Fine Arts, Boston, and a B.A. in Art History from the University of Virginia. Her work has been included in a two-person exhibition at Musee d’art Modern Andre Malraux, Le Havre, France and in group exhibitions at Cite de ‘l’architecture et du patrimonie, Paris, France; the International Print Center, New York, NY; and AIR Gallery, Brooklyn, NY. Stephanie has participated in various artist residencies, including the Artist Studios program at the Museum of Arts and Design, New York, NY, an exchange program in Le Havre, France, and residencies at the Center for Book Arts and Triangle Arts in New York, NY. Stephanie has also collaborated on set, prop, and costume design with a dance/theater company in Brooklyn.


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