Stephanie Kantor (b. 1985, Pittsburgh, PA, USA) is a visual artist whose practice focuses on ideas of culture, tradition, and artifice. She creates whimsical installations that include ceramic sculpture, furniture, papier-mâché, painting, and textiles. Kantor received her MFA from University of Colorado Boulder (2015) and BFA from Penn State University (2009). Kantor was a Black Cube Nomadic Museum Fellow in 2016 and has completed prestigious residencies at Belger Crane Yard Studios, RedLine Contemporary Arts Center, and Bunker Projects. She has exhibited nationally at Paragraph Gallery (MO), Nerman Museum of Contemporary Art (KS), Sala Diaz (TX), Bunker Projects (PA), Gildar Gallery (CO), and Calico Gallery (NY). Kantor currently lives in Philadelphia and is the Zeldin Fellow at The Clay Studio.
My work explores the paradoxical aspects of culture, both expansive and local. I’m inspired by family heirlooms, idiosyncratic collections, and the landscape of my childhood home. I disrupt these close experiences by pairing them with outside cultural traditions that intrigue me, making each and every object a hybrid. My objects manifest in sculptural ceramics that are often placed within created environments, transporting the viewer to an alternate reality. I utilize ornamentation and decoration to create a facade of culture, where my objects speak to multiplicity, diversity, and artifice.


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