Awakening depicts a seedpod unfurling into new life. Tendrils are seen in a moment of unraveling as they stretch and reach toward the sky after winter hibernation. Each tendril arches toward the sun, slowly shifting from the hard protective shell to the vibrant air above. As humans, we take part in this perpetual process but never truly see the simplistic beauty around us. Awakening is an attempt to enlarge the beautiful form of a seedpod and this first stretch of life to a size that allows us to view, acknowledge, and appreciate.
Currently, Stephanie is an Academic Advisor at the University of Iowa. She graduated in 2008 from the University of Kansas with her MFA in sculpture and preceded this study by attending the University of Northern Iowa for her BFA in painting and photography.