Stephanie Shepherd

In my art practice, I pay particular attention to investigating the experiential nature of time and perception. Perception is often thought of as merely staring at things, yet it can encompass a greater range of experience and physicality: subjectivity, duration, temporality, anticipation. Interested in inhabited interpretations of perception, I attempt to alter a viewer’s awareness by shifting attention away from the merely represented toward peripheral features drawn out over time.

 

Art Projects

sub-genre (2006)
background (2004)
cryolite (2000)
a la derive/drifters (1999)
single bed, spice rack, and tv table (1999)



sub-genre

sub-genre comprises a year’s list of musical sub-genres. Reading musical terms can be evocative, provoking one to imagine sound. Almost opposing the notion of categorization, this list seems to expand the limits of music.

sub-genre
installation view
sub-genre
installation detail

sub-genre
source book first page

sub-genre
source book list view



background

background is a web-based project fading through 16,777,216 possible RGB colours. This long-form atmospheric work projects shifting colour sequences into the viewers’ ambient and changeable environment. I created background with the assumption that it could be ignored or just left looping in your home as you went in and out of the space throughout the day.



cryolite

cryolite is comprised of a structural object and a 3D animation of a melting iceberg, whose structure is predicated on its degradation. Despite the apparent weight and density of the visible iceberg, 7/8 of its mass remains submerged underwater and left to our imagination.

cryolite
installation view
cryolite
sculpture detail
cryolite
video still
cryolite
video still

cryolite
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quicktime video clip



a la derive/drifters

In a la derive/drifters, I programmed computerized zooplankton to drift, according to location and solar intensity, in a looping circadian migration throughout a simulated day. Endlessly, the plankton drift across the computer screen, their travels periodically punctuated by images of actual microscopic zooplankton.

a la derive/drifters
installation view
a la derive/drifters
detail showing plankton simulation
a la derive/drifters
detail showing plankton simulation
a la derive/drifters
detail showing plankton simulation



single bed, spice rack, and tv table

single bed, spice rack, and tv table was included in 48 Rooms/48 Hours, a series of installations in a Montreal rooming house slated for demolition. As I decided not to bring anything into the abandoned room, my work consisted of responding to remaining traces and patterns of dirt and use, by reconstructing a sense of the minimal furniture that had once been there.

single bed, spice rack, and tv table
installation view of tv table
& spice rack

single bed, spice rack, and tv table
installation view of single
bed & spice rack
single bed, spice rack, and tv table
detail of spice rack
single bed, spice rack, and tv table
detail of single bed

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