Artist’s Statement "Willow Dust" is based on a grain of pollen from the Goat Willow Tree. We often forget, as we travel through the world with our ‘human-based scale’, how everything around us is highly detailed and intricately woven together. To us, they are invisible. But if our surroundings were magnified, we would find an alien world with amazing forms, textures, & colors, densely populated with endless organisms and objects. A grain of pollen is incredibly small and so easily forgotten, but an irreplaceable step in the creation of life for the Willow tree, as well as for a whole ecosystem.
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. Recently, she showed work in Cape Girardeau, MO and West Des Moines, IA. She's shown work in multiple places in Iowa, Kansas, Tennessee, Maryland, and New York. Permanent sculptures can be found in Jackson, TN & at the University of Northern Iowa in Cedar Falls.