She applies her influences with a sly sense of humor, great energy and a brilliant command of her disparate materials.
“I work like a handyman, cobbling together drawings, objects, images and sculptures from elements found, borrowed, and imagined,” says Stern. “I use a wide range of materials from encaustic to clay, pastel to steel. My work includes found objects, souvenirs, vintage magazines and books as well as fabricated images and sculpture. The drawings and sculptures, often made in tandem, resonate with one another, the ideas in one reinforcing the themes of the other.”
Stern’s statement reflects her ongoing interest in anthropology Claude Levi Strauss coined the term “bricolage,” to define the creation of art using “whatever is at hand.” Stern finds, fabricates and creates narratives that reflect both her inner stories, a sheer delight in materiality and in the world around her. Her pieces are both funny and dark. The exhibition title, “Your Soaking in It,” is at once an homage to an iconic 1970’s dishwashing detergent commercial and a comment on the immersive culture by which we are all saturated.