Mind Form

May 16-30, 2020

        Ann Walsh
        Ashton S. Phillips
        Carolyn Forrester
        Colleen Harkins
        Ella Snow
        Gizem Oktay
        Katty Huertas
        Peishan Huang
        Sarabel Santos-Negrón
        Stephanie Garon
        Taraneh Mosadegh


May 1-15, 2020

        Ben Paljor Chatag
        Bingyi Liu
        Ian Miyamura
        Jaejoon Jang
        Lehna Huie
        Seungtack Lim       
        Sun Woo Jung
        Thiang Uk
        Tianran Qu
        Tinglan Huang
        Vian Nguyen
        YunKyoung Cho


Stephanie Garon

MFAST 2022 and Open Studies Faculty
︎ garonstudio@gmail.com
︎ garonstudio.com

As a five year old, I tagged along with my father to "hamfests,” radio operator gatherings held in county fair parking lots. Cars would pop open their trunks like overflowing treasure chests filled with electronic wares: old radio boxes, computer boards, cables, monitors, soldering irons. It was an oasis in the heart of wooded valleys.

My father would sell or trade items he no longer needed. My job was to display them on a tattered blanket and haggle to make the sale. The setup became my stage as I pranced about, reorganizing after each barter session. In my mind's eye, we were a traveling show and I was the star with dirty nails, pigtails and suspenders.

Years later, when I find myself welding and smelling the rusty steel odor of the studio, I am driving down those dusty roads again. My work explores the limits of nature and connection through juxtaposing industrial elements with natural materials I collect. The decomposition of the natural forms provides drama and philosophic markers of fragility: green pine needles fade to brown, cement made from melted snow crumbles, and wind switches orientation of metal sculpture around trees. Rich in associations, the work functions as abstracted expressions of a time, place, and way of life that capture paradoxes: formalism and fragility, permanence and impermanence, and nature and nurture.

My work invites the viewer to contemplate how we, as people, build structures and interact with the natural world around us. Like the items I’d curate at the hamfests, my art embraces the delicacy of juxtaposing and experimenting with transforming materials to define my visual voice.

Hush, 2019
Steel, mulberry leaf
48x48x48 inches

Wait, 2020
Loblolly pine needles, steel, cement mixed from melted snow
Site specific installation

Lament, 2019
Steel, maple/oak/pine sticks
8x8x8 inches

Untitled, 2019
Steel, charcoal briquette, beet
30x40 inches

Untitled 2, 2019
Steel, charcoal briquette, beet
40x40 inches