Stephanie Taiber is an artist based in Chicago, IL. She holds a BFA in Printmaking and Photography from the University of Arizona. Stephanie’s art practice explores the tension between internal and external constructs of female identity, taking special interest in the role relationships and memory play in shaping self perception. Themes of attachment, privacy, and trust converge in Taiber’s unconventional approach to photography, as she re-photographs and collages her own work to create introspective narratives.
Stephanie has exhibited nationally and internationally, and has been featured on several online photography platforms including Fraction Magazine, Photo Emphasis, and Aint Bad. Recently, Stephanie was selected as a Top 100 artist for Aint Bad Curator’s Choice 2018, a 2018 Review Santa Fe 100 Photographer, a Top 20 Finalist for Brighton UK’s Open ’18, and was a Top 10 Finalist for Klompching Gallery’s 2017 Summer Fresh Exhibition in New York.
As an artist, I explore the relationship between experience and memory with a special interest in female identity. My photographs employ themes of privacy, intimacy and loss. Influenced by my own experiences as a woman and my overlapping roles as a daughter, wife, and mother, I explore inner tensions that occur both naturally with the passage of time and unnaturally when socially prescribed constructs for these roles challenge self perception. Originating from an intimately personal space, my work focuses on the transformative impact of life events and relationships rather than the relative insignificance of details. I see the mind and body as more than thought and feeling but as something expansive which is distributed in the world and projected onto objects. These material forms absorb the weight of personal significance as subjects in my work, alluding to an implied cast of characters and a series of defining moments.
My methods in photography relate to my ideas of impermanence, preservation, and trust. I use photographs, both old and new, often rephotographed or collaged, to create a visual language for musings of worth, vulnerability, and power. I remove layers of personal relevance leaving room for viewers to construct their own narratives.