Gallery Solo Exhibitions
Churn Dash (2018) View Exhibition >>
Since 2001, I have been making large-scale sculptural installations consisting of fabric, pipe cleaners, wire, string, plastic, thread and fishing weights that have been shown in gallery and museum settings, outdoor spaces, and most recently, in the six-story stairway of a building. The installations are drawings-in-space that cover, divide, encircle, and fill the spaces in which they are situated. My work involves both the slow, plodding movement of patching and sewing pieces of cloth and plastic to linear structures made of pipe cleaners, as well as quicker, more gestural actions that connect all of the parts into systems, making large suspended sculptures. Over the years, they have taken various forms: parasitic-like growths that cover interior architectural elements and outdoors structures; hanging tent forms that immerse the viewer; suspended walls that curve and divide spaces; excessive, organic masses that transform rooms into caves. I often see my work as being in flux and replicating various states of proliferating growth.
Often my installation work has focused on rhizomatic structures. Previous room-sized pieces have been inspired by marine and plant biology, as well as architectural and urban models. While the forms that make up my work suggest systems or structures, they are also meant to somehow reflect time and my own hand in the work
In 1989, Lathan-Stiefel earned a bachelor’s degree in visual arts from Brown University in Providence, Rhode Island, and returned to Atlanta where she set up a studio space and worked three part-time jobs. She married a musician and composer, Van Stiefel, and they moved to Princeton, New Jersey, so he could get his PhD. She received an MFA from Portland’s Maine Collage of Art in 2001. She now lives and works in Kennett Square, Pennsylvania, where she also teaches art classes twice a week at the school her two children attend.
Her work has been exhibited across the country, including at Diana Lowenste in Fine Arts in Miami, Florida; the Contemporary in Baltimore, Maryland; Tiger Strikes Astroid and the Philadelphia Art Alliance in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania; the Delaware Center for the Contemporary Arts in Wilmington; Suyama Space in Seattle, Washington; Galerie Articule in Montreal, Quebec; and the Atlanta Contemporary Art Center and Sandler Hudson Gallery in Atlanta, Georgia. Lathan-Stiefel is represented by Galleri Urbane.