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Caroline Lathan Stiefel


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Caroline Lathan Stiefel
Fabric, wire, thread
19" x 31"

Courtesy of Sandler Hudson Gallery (Atlanta), Galleri Urbane (Dallas)

About the Work
Here is a statement about my recent show "Pieces", which was at Sandler Hudson Gallery in Atlanta in 2021. The piece I am donating, "Mill", relates to these works.

The technique of piecing is an inherent part of my work: creating textile structures covered with sewn assemblages of fabric, plastic, wire and found objects. More broadly, piecing, to me, is a conceptually and culturally-rich methodology. I began this body of work thinking about flags, emblems, and banners and how flags claim and proclaim space, nature, country, and identity, but also communicate distress, emergencies, or secrets. For twenty years, I have worked with lightweight textile materials and commonplace objects to create large-scale sculptural installations that play with weight and mass, creating pattern, color and light. I have been inspired by the movement (breakdown and regrowth) of biological and architectural systems. Recently, I began making wall pieces and suspended works which incorporate unusual variations of traditional textile and craft techniques like weaving, wire wrapping, and quilting. Working with surfaces-cutting, pinning and stitching, is a slow, labor-intensive process, like a kind of surgery, but one that is idiosyncratic. Many of the materials I use to create these works come from my daily life: plastic juice and milk bottles, glass science lab containers, family clothing and bedding, and private property signs and refuse found on walks in my Pennsylvania borough neighborhood.

Caroline Lathan-Stiefel has exhibited her work in numerous galleries and museums, including The Museum of Contemporary Art Jacksonville in Florida, The John Michael Kohler Arts Center in Wisconsin, Suyama Space in Seattle, The Delaware Contemporary in Wilmington, Sandler Hudson Gallery in Atlanta, Galerie Articule in Montreal, The Philadelphia Art Alliance and Tigers Strikes Asteroid in Philadelphia, Gallerie Urbane in Dallas, Diana Lowenstein Fine Arts in Miami and the West Collection in Oaks, PA. She has installed large- scale permanent works at the Liberty Property Trust building in Malvern, PA, the Saint Kate Arts Hotel in Milwaukee and Temple University in Philadelphia. In addition, Lathan-Stiefel is a 2015 Pew Fellow in the Arts and the recipient of an Independence Foundation Grant (2009), a Pollock-Krasner Foundation Grant (2008), a Creative Capital Foundation Grant in Visual Arts (2005), and a New Jersey State Council on the Arts Grant in Sculpture (2003). Lathan-Stiefel was born in Atlanta, GA and received her BA in Visual Arts from Brown University in Providence, RI and her MFA from the Maine College of Art in Portland, ME.

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