Stephanie Cosby, improve her photography studio.
Stephanie Cosby, Biography
Stephanie Cosby is a multimedia artist working in photography, projection, paint and with plants in Memphis, TN.
Her first medium (black and white film photography) didn't satisfy for long. Working with color became a necessity, yet, in the late nineties her college's photo lab was not set-up to process color film. Without funding or support to expand into color photography she turned to paint and graduated with a BA in Fine Arts: Oil Painting, from Earlham College in 1998. She currently works almost exclusively with a camera.
Most recently Stephanie's work can be seen as part of the South Main Mosaic Art walk at the corner of Talbot and South Main and in 2013 she collaborated with San Francisco choreographer Julia Adam, creating the set for Devil's Fruit (Adam's dance for Ballet Memphis's River Project2).
2014 ArtsAccelerator Grant
This new project, called Cosmos, involves a synthesis of all my previous ways of working. To make this happen I need to carefully craft my studio space, in my home, with a plain backdrop, light and a projector…and strengthen my digital darkroom with more computer memory and access to Photoshop. The Arts Accelerator Grant is making this possible.
I will continue go out into the landscape to gather images and materials, but now I will bring those elements into the studio and keep using them to make the final photographs. I haven’t been able to create these more abstract or surreal images in the actual landscape, because I lack control over the space. It’s either too visually busy or a public space that I don’t have permission to manipulate. Now, I can completely craft my image from scratch by using my studio space to bring in the exact elements I want. Not only will I now be able to make new images but I will also be able to make a larger portfolio of prints from this one story that I can take to portfolio reviews such as: Filter Photo Festival in Chicago, Photo Nola in New Orleans, or the Santa Fe Review to broaden my/our photographic community and learn from those knowledge-rich environments about engaging in a photography practice.
All photos courtesy of the artist.