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Humans and Objects: Art by Stephanie Cormier

An abstract image representing a strange, esoteric tool05.Tool To Understand Mountains

Stephanie Cormier currently lives and works in Toronto, where she creates works of installation, sculpture, collage and more. Among other things, Stephanie’s works examine the working relationship between humans and objects.  


A wall-hanging sculpture based on a large pink sheet of materialTransitional Object 01


For a recent project, Toolbox in The Head, Stephanie first created a series of descriptions of “tools” – metaphysical objects with esoteric purposes, rather than physical functions – and passed some of them on to her young daughter. The drawings of the artist’s daughter later informed a series of sculptures and silkscreen prints depicting these hypothetical objects. I find this series really interest both from a visual and conceptual standpoint. The finished images are brightly colored with an eye for composition that manages to mimic the unskilled drawings of childhood while still suggesting an educated knowledge of aesthetics.


An image gallery on Stephanie Cormier's art websiteSome of Stephanie's artworks on her website


The artist has another series entitled Collaborating With Objects, Stardust and Billion-Year Old Carbon, the title of which seems to nicely sum up her practice. These bizarre objects are lent context by the fact that the artist herself has intervened.


A wall hanging installation of a pink tubeTool to FIlter The Horror, plastic bag, tape, vinyl tubing, found object

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Dallas Jeffs Art Writer

Dallas Jeffs is the Editor of Artist Run Website's blog. She is a recent graduate of Emily Carr University of Art and Design, where she studied Critical and Cultural Practices. She is passionate about talking and writing about art, and sharing that interest with others. In her studio practice she is a painter, but she considers herself an art writer and educator foremost. If you like art, books and culture with a science fiction twist, check out Dallas' personal blog, HappySpaceNoises

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