Stephanie Smith
My work is concerned with narrative and symbolism. It is an investigation of images of personal significance and an attempt to translate the personal into the universal by using icons and metaphor. Visual storytellers Lynd Ward and Frans Masereel as well as comix and graphic artists are an influence in much of my work. The visual iconography of medieval woodcuts and altarpieces serve as inspiration and a system of communication based on images and commonly understood symbols as opposed to reliance on the written word.

In an effort for understanding and determining their course in the world, humans have always used images and rituals to help divine truth. In creating small dramas and narratives in my work I am interested in exploring relationships, identity, memory and the nature of personal faith as well as chance, fate and superstition.