Stephanie Smith is an Atlanta-based artist and printmaker creating expressive work which explores narrative, symbolism, and metaphor to investigate fate, faith, chance, and ritual. She earned her B.F.A from the Atlanta College of Art and received a M.F.A. with Distinction from the University of Georgia. She has also studied at Penland School for Crafts, Arrowmont, and in Cortona, Italy.
Currently Stephanie is a full-time Lecturer at the University of West Georgia where she teaches drawing, 2D design, and printmaking as well as serving as Gallery Director. She is the co-founder and former President of the non-profit arts organization, the Atlanta Printmakers Studio.
In an effort for understanding and determining their course in the world, humans have always used images and rituals to help divine truth. My work is an investigation of images of personal significance exploring relationships, identity, memory and the nature of personal faith as well as chance, fate and superstition. I 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.