Stephanie Spitz received her MFA in Studio Art from Montclair State University and her BFA in Painting from Drake University. She explores the parallels between art making and home building through painting, drawing, video, and installation. She has exhibited internationally in Argentina, Iowa, New Jersey, and New York. In 2016 she was an artist-in-residence at the New Rochelle Downtown Artist Residency in conjunction with Residency Unlimited. She currently works as an adjunct professor, academic administrator, and artist in Montclair, New Jersey.
Stephanie Spitz explores the parallels between art making and home building through painting, drawing, video, and installation. She focuses on the home as a structure for family dynamics by recreating aspects of home renovation and daily life. Both require construction and maintenance.
Her paintings use remembered domestic colors and construction materials that she often uses while renovating houses with her family. The process of painting and drawing involves a technique that resembles paint by number, speaking to the generic nature of interior decorating and the ongoing process of renovation.
The home is also a structure for the construction of personal identity. In her self-portraits, Stephanie photographed herself re-enacting her mother’s actions from old home video to demonstrate how repeated domestic actions become part of her identity. She continued to perform domestic actions in her video work, which juxtaposes the destructive actions of renovation alongside joyful scenes of childhood.
Installations explore the idea of space as malleable and temporary. Renovation materials and actions are utilized again as a form of drawing and ultimately reveal the fragility of walls, homes, and self-identity. Both require construction and maintenance.