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Stella Ebner
updated: 01/04/2012
website: www.stellaebner.com
 
   
 
 
     
 
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Hunters
Legion of Honor
Mrs. Pearson's Room at Guardian Angels of Elk River
The Pullup
ESL
Memorial Day Parade Part 1
Memorial Day Parade Part 2
The Fundraiser
Celebration Part One
Celebration Part Two
 
Portfolio Keywords:  figurative, narrative, humor, domestic
 
 
Hunters by Stella Ebner
Hunters
Watercolor on Japanese Paper
2010
25" " x  36"" 
Legion of Honor by Stella Ebner
Legion of Honor
Watercolor on Japanese paper
2009
36 " x  25 " 
Mrs. Pearson's Room at Guardian Angels of Elk River by Stella Ebner
Mrs. Pearson's Room at Guardian Angels of Elk River
Watercolor on Japanese paper
2009
36" x  25" 
The Pullup by Stella Ebner
The Pullup
Watercolor on Japanese paper
2010
36" " x  25" " 
ESL by Stella Ebner
ESL
Watercolor on Japanese Paper
2011
25"" x  36"" 
Memorial Day Parade Part 1 by Stella Ebner
Memorial Day Parade Part 1
Screenprint on Japanese Paper
2011
25 " x  36 " 
Memorial Day Parade Part 2 by Stella Ebner
Memorial Day Parade Part 2
Screenprint on Japanese Paper
2011
25 " x  36 " 
The Fundraiser by Stella Ebner
The Fundraiser
Screenprint on Japanese Paper
2011
25"" x  36"" 
Celebration Part One by Stella Ebner
Celebration Part One
Screenprint on Japanese Paper
2010
25"" x  36"" 
Celebration Part Two by Stella Ebner
Celebration Part Two
Screenprint on Japanese Paper
2011
25"" x  36"" 

Artist Statement

My work centers upon the perceived usualness of the everyday.  My imagery, however, explores the inner, subjective nature of perception, when the mundane hints at the profound, when observation no longer glosses over the sacredness of the here-and-now.  It illuminates what is lost in the in-between moments and reveals the underlying essence, or sacredness, or collectiveness of existence.  I am concerned with finding a balance between the perception of the everyday and the perception of the spiritual.  To illustrate this dichotomy of perception, I take on common occurrences, usual happenstances, and everyday ubiquity as my subject matter, but look upon them with a mindful, benevolent, even worshipful eye.  The cognitive process of perception, of seeing from the inside out and vice-versa, is the driving force behind my work; to recognize the burden of each in-between, mundane moment of existence as taking on the weight of the world, is my ultimate goal.

In my most recent series, I draw upon the narrative of my own upbringing to explore concepts of time and observation, and ground themes of the sacred and the extraordinary within personal experience.  This series mirrors the small-town culture of Midwest America, and my own complex relationship to it.  This culture, in danger of becoming obsolete in our system of globalization, finds itself in a tenuous balance between obsolescence and a deep-rooted sense of belonging.  In addition to this larger cultural picture, I am also offering a visual biography.  Behind this series is a study of the passage of time: from its capacity to change the face of culture, to its ability to alter the very foundation of personal perception. 

 

Artist Bio / CV

  Stella Ebner has exhibited in numerous galleries and museums, including the Minnesota Museum of American Art (St. Paul) and the Bronx Museum of Arts, the International Print Center New York (New York City) and the Print Center (Philadelphia), RISD Museum (Providence), Boston Center for the Arts, Kala Art Institute (Berkeley), and SFMOMA Artists Gallery (San Francisco).She is the recipient of several grants, including a Minnesota State Arts Board Career Opportunity Grant, a Minnesota State Arts Board Artists’ Assistance Fellowship, and a  New York Foundation for the Arts Strategic Opportunity Stipend . Her work is included in the collections of the Minnesota Museum of Art, General Mills, Dorsey & Whitney LLP, Kala Art Institute, University of St. Thomas, and the Minnesota Historical Society.  Ebner received her BFA from the University of Minnesota at Minneapolis and her MFA from the Rhode Island School of Design.  She currently has a studio at the Elizabeth Foundation for the Arts in Manhattan.