68 ARTIST PROFILE Stevi Michner
he process of deconstructing materials in order to create something new and unexpected is the motivation behind Stevi Michnerâ€™s practice, which challenges structure to create sculptural works from otherwise flat forms. Using a technique developed over the last decade, the artist strips the canvas from the stretcher, dipping it in concrete to restructure the painting into sculpture, using found driftwood to hold the forms. Her flat works are an examination of portraiture, composed by transferring her original photography onto concrete using a technology she developed herself.
M6, 2015, concrete canvas, 43 x 81 cm
A look at Michnerâ€™s notebooks reveals her preoccupation with ideas of time and space, and how they inform the composition and structure of materials. Her interest in structure came during her time studying in London, having previously attended the International Academy of Design in Chicago. By understanding the properties of a material, she is able to explore ways of unmaking and re-making them. stevimichner.com email@example.com
For many artists the purpose of their practice is to explore the human condition and the seemingly infinite questions of existence that may...