Art or Decoration?

Living Walls as Public Art

Yes, and. Planted walls can match the furniture, and provide transformative, inspirational,  esoteric experience, and also fresh air (literally). Living walls are now qualifying for 1% For Art grants and other incentives, as noted below.


Metropolis Magazine highlighted Habitat Horticulture's Oakland, California living wall, titled "Urban Ecotones." This wall was commissioned for the lobby of a new office building.

 "Shorenstein (the developer) received financial credit for installing Urban Ecotones as a public artwork, making it the first living wall to earn that designation in the United States."

(May 2020 issue,  "AMENITY, Natural Canvas" by Lydia Lee, p. 32) 

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Stephanie designed and planted this wall at Armstrong Gardens' headquarters, to showcase their color

ARTIST STATEMENT

ARTIST STATEMENT

ARTIST STATEMENT

I am  a Los Angeles based artist and designer who works with plants, both literally and figuratively. My  art practice explores the figurative and formal qualities or plants as objects, the relationship of artificial materials and natural forms, and larger environmental and systemic issues, including plastic waste and climate change.


 Stephanie holds an MFA (Claremont Graduate University) and FAPLD standing and is an active member of the BITE Art Collective.



MEDIA

ARTIST STATEMENT

ARTIST STATEMENT

PERFORMANCE & INSTALLATION

In 2020, I performed "Blowing" at Long Beach City College, a variation on Richard Serra's "Splashing" performance series. 


SCULPTURE

Using metal, plastic and plaster, I sculpt abstract shapes inspired by trees, flowers and flower petals. 


LIVING MURALS

I worked with  Woolly Pockets (now WallyGro) while they were developing their first line of products and building their brand.  I traveled to garden and trade shows, planting living walls and working with Green Industry professionals across the country for event, marketing and industry displays. 

EXHIBITION LIST

ARTIST STATEMENT

EXHIBITION LIST

Solo Shows

1997 “Hothouse” PEGGY PHELPS GALLERY, Claremont, CA

1996 “Monocots” PLASTICA, Los Angeles, CA

1991 “Trees” STUDENT GALLERY, Wellesley, MA

Group Shows

2020   “Curious Compendium” LONG BEACH CITY COLLEGE

2019   “Curious Compendium” SHOEBOX PROJECTS, Los Angeles, CA

2015   “The Mandala Project” SGA Gallery, Pomona, CA

2005  “Hey Doll!” CITRUS COLLEGE LIBRARY GALLERY

2005 “Beyond the Horizon: A view on the contemporary American Landscape” 

 BAKERSFIELD COLLEGE, Bakersfield, CA

2001   “Techno Eyes filled with the gleaming fire from more than a thousand fluorescent bulbs”

 THE BREWERY PROJECTS, Los Angeles, CA

1999   “Ninety Nine” MILLER DURAZO, Los Angeles, CA

“Big Wave II” ANDREW-SHIRE GALLERY, Los Angeles, CA

1997  “SaFARi:  FAR Bazzar @ The Old L.A. Zoo” Los Angeles, CA

“3 Weeks in L.A.” BERGAMOT STATION, B5a, Santa Monica, CA

“Garden Show” PORTLAND INSTITUTE OF CONTEMPORARY ART, Portland, OR

1996  “1996 Open” GALLERY 825, Los Angeles, Curated by Peter Frank 

“The Scene”  EAST GALLERY, Claremont, CA

“Big Groovy Summer Show” EAST GALLERY, Claremont, CA

“Home Show” Claremont, CA

“Fragile” DILLINGHAM/CAPLES GALLERY, Claremont, CA

1995  “Raw Data”  WEST GALLERY, Claremont, CA

1992  “Issues of Choice”  LACE, Los Angeles, CA

1991  “Thesis Students”  STUDENT GALLERY, Wellesley, MA