- Stephanie McMahon
My paintings extract and distill my observations and perceptions of a particular environment while presenting the possibilities of visual experience and abstraction. Weaving in and out of referential forms and colors, I allow for intuitive and contradictory responses that fluctuate between deliberate and incidental. Initial explorations can shift abruptly as the painting develops, challenging one’s sense of time and resolve. The result is both tangible and fleeting as unexpected and precarious relationships emerge between thin, translucent layers. Gestural brushstrokes impart physicality yet glide weightlessly over smooth surfaces as figure ground relationships oscillate and conflate. Fluid marks are often contained within a shape or stopped by a sharp edge in contrast to the gesture, revealing both transitory and measured time. My process is both calculated and open, creating an active space for visual exploration that connects to the present moment while reconstructing a past experience.
Stephanie McMahon has exhibited her paintings both nationally and internationally. Her recent solo exhibition, Close To Me, at T + H Gallery in Boston was reviewed on New American Paintings. McMahon is recipient of the Rochester Memorial Art Gallery Award of Excellence and has received grants from The New York Foundation for the Arts S.O.S. and Constance Saltonstall Foundation for the Arts. Her work has been reviewed and published in Hyperallergic, New American Paintings, Art Lies, Cantanker Magazine and Syracuse University’s literary and visual arts journal, Stone Canoe. McMahon earned a BFA from the School of Art and Design at Alfred University and a MFA in Painting from The University of Texas at Austin. She is currently an Associate Professor of Painting at New York State College of Ceramics, School of Art and Design at Alfred University.