Fabric, pipe cleaners, thread, plastic, wire
87h x 68w in
Caroline Lathan-Stiefel’s delicately-webbed “drawings-in-space” cover, divide, encircle, and fill spaces, affecting viewers both physically and visually. Since 2000, she has worked with lightweight textile materials and commonplace objects, such as wire, pipe cleaners, fabric, found plastic, netting, and fishing weights, to create large-scale sculptural installations that play with weight and mass, creating pattern, color and light. Recently she also began to incorporate cast and welded metal and neon into her body of work. Lathan-Stiefel is inspired, in part, by the movement and growth of systems- in particular biological (marine, plant, animal, human) and architectural systems
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.