Stephanie E. Hanes was born in Alberta, Canada in 1985. In 2009 she received a BFA from The Nova Scotia College of Art and Design University in Halifax, Canada. Hanes is a recent MFA Graduate of Ceramics at the Rhode Island School Of Design in 2017 and received the prestigious Toby Devan Lewis Fellowship for a graduate student with exceptional promise. Earlier this year Stephanie was one of the artists awarded the 2020 NCECA Emerging Artist Prize. In addition, they have exhibited Internationally with a solo show at C.R.E.T.A Rome Gallery in Italy and several group shows at Lefebvre et Fils Gallery in Paris, France. Her ceramic sculptures have been exhibited throughout the USA in New York City, Providence, Seattle and Los Angeles. Hanes is a full-time lecturer in 3D4M at University of Washington in Seattle, where they teach sculpture and ceramics.
Feminist exploration into visual culture aims to unfasten the binaries of gender and sexuality in visual representations. This is why I use the female body, as a site of resistance, precisely because it is the site of repression and possession. I am exploring the notion of the uncanny as it exposes the symbiosis of feminine division of self for survival. This investigation is an intense search for an identity that will never be defined, its fluidity evokes a maximum number of possible future identities to exist. I am interested in the radical place of in-betweens and movement, The morphing body represents the changing of femininity to suit the present “image” of women, it is the moment where a woman becomes another woman through fragments of the female self being passed on through time. This is a political and aesthetic act in which each fragment participates in the pulverization of past traditions that were traditionally upheld and valued.