Stephanie Kolpy

TORRENT: 7ft x 3.5ft-triptych- drypoint, monoprint, watercolor

Stephanie Kolpy is Senior Lecturer of Art in the focused areas of Drawing, Painting, Printmaking and New Media at the Ernest G. Welch School of Art at Georgia State University in Atlanta Georgia. Kolpy continues to participate in and curate many international and national group exhibitions, such as her curatorial project for the Southern Graphics Council International Printmaking Conference in 2017 where she curated the solo exhibition for internationally acclaimed artist Sue Coe’s The Animals’ Vegan Manifesto for the Welch Gallery. In 2020 she curated a multimedia experience and solo exhibition for the Welch Galleries and Kopleff Recital Hall with the Work of Josh Dorman, titled, Higher Ground. The proposal winning her the Cencia Spotlight Grant. Kolpy has participated in 80 international and national group exhibitions and four solo exhibitions since 2003. Since 2003, she received 20 awards based on her own portfolio and has been included in 30 art publications or critically reviewed publications including the international publication in 2011 NOPLACENESS: Art in a Post-Urban Landscape, highlighting contemporary southern artists. In 2019 she received the Don A.Tilton Purchase Award from the Delta National Printmaking Exhibition. Kolpy’s work is in the permanent collections of the Bradbury Museum in Arkansas, the Zuckerman Museum of Georgia and the Yun Xiang Ju Group / Baoding City China Cultural Museum.

UN-NATURAL BLUE-SKY
Artist Statement 2019-2022
My current work is realized through many layers of monoprinting and drypoint and additionally a hand painted layer of high-density pigment watercolor ink. Printmaking is commonly thought of as being editioned prints, all strictly editioned prints being the same. However, my monoprints are each very singular. This current work draws a symbolic parallel between visual interpretations of apocalyptic mythoi and the Holocene extinction, the ongoing sixth great extinction event, where ancient species are dying off in masses due to climate change as a result of human activity. The visual iconography is apocalyptic; the overarching theme of apocalypse (from the Greek word apokalypsis, meaning ‘to reveal’), has driven me to more clearly articulate a perspective of the future and what it will ‘reveal’ to us. The pandemic and social unrest of our time seem to be connected to a metaphysical battle between humanity and nature. This conflict is metaphorically represented with symbolism which references the Human-made world visually at odds with the natural world.