Stephanie Flowers completed her BFA in Sculpture & Installation at OCAD University in 2013 with a minor in Material Art and Design, where she specialized in Ceramics. She is the recipient of the Ian Carr-Harris Science in Culture Award and the Emanuel Hahn Award for sculpture. More recently, Flowers was an Artist-in-Residence this past fall as part of the The Drake Open Lab at the The Drake Hotel.
Currently living and working in Toronto, Ontario, her practice addresses the scientific body on display and its paradoxes to create alternate ways of understanding.
My work stems from my obscure relationship with the human body. A subject I find both fascinating and unsettling, my work engages with the uncomfortable qualities of the body’s terrain to create unfamiliar narratives. I strive to create something whole and new from fragments. As a means of coping with the realities of our internal landscapes; cells, organs and more are reinterpreted or invented. With this, my methods of display question the typical ‘head to toe’ vertical approach to medical knowledge that so often compartmentalizes the body in attempt to make it more approachable. These unconventional depictions of display prompt further examination of how these parts might resemble a new whole, and what the re-imagined body means in a contemporary context.
My practice is grounded in an exploration towards the sensate body that is articulated and translated through the tactile mediums I work with. These qualities are highlighted through minimal, delicate, bone-like porcelain, often juxtaposed with spindly, wax- coated textiles. The forms are often tethered in ways that recall familiar structures, while returning an intimacy and new understanding towards observing the body.