Immediacy and experimentation are essential to my work, and I try to reduce a given subject to its most basic idea without sentimentality. I love the all-or-nothing aspect of working with oil marker and India inks as well as the vibrant colors and abstract forms I'm able to create with alcohol inks. I like to experiment with large fields of bold, solid colors; simplicity; and strong lines. I sometimes use collage to add to my paintings a bit of black humor or satire and another layer of spontaneity.
Latchkey kids: Using plaster and alcohol inks, I've been working to capture the lost-in-place feeling of the 1970s latchkey kid generation. Each girl is individual but trapped in limbo; her originally vibrant colors are now faded and blurred. The larger glass-backprinted photographs also capture this dreamy “lost” quality. To read about the process, please visit The Latchkey Project.
Press Release from lost girls at The Front Space:
(Rollinsford, NH) The Front Space is pleased to present a solo exhibition of works on canvas and glass by Stephanie Todhunter. Neon pinks, blues and yellows; lace-like patterns, stickers, metallic leaf, wax, ripped paper and sharpies embellish a band of lost girls. Through these deeply mysterious mixed media works, Todhunter remarks on the unique “latchkey kid” experience with sensitivity.
In lost girls, Todhunter explores the predominant dichotomies of identity among “generation x” children; described as one of the least nurtured generations in recent U.S. History. Otherwise known as “latchkey kids”, the youth of this generation grew up in the late 70s and early 80s, and were both self reliant, and subject to the vagaries of the adults around them. With Todhunter’s dynamic and layered approach to portraiture, she simultaneously addresses individuality and homogeneity; invisibility and vulnerability.
Todhunter’s interdisciplinary process begins with sculpture, proceeds to macro- photography, and then collage. The blurred features of her plaster subjects reference the ethereality of a transient youth, while her purposeful choices regarding color, name, and background setting, acknowledge each child’s individuality. Through the processes of covering and deconstructing, Todhunter defines her subjects, shields them, and gives them voice. The resulting portraits shimmer and sink in their definition of a generation; they are as playful as they are disquieting.
Manager: Jerome Street Studios, 128 Jerome Street, West Medford, MA
Board Member: West Medford Open Studios
2017 Miniatures,Juried by Marni Elyse Katz, Independent Curator & Boston Globe contributor, Kathryn Schultz Gallery, Cambridge MA
2017 lost girls, solo show, The Front Space, Rollinsford NH
2017 National Prize Show, Juried by Nick Capasso, Kathryn Schultz Gallery, Cambridge MA
2017 Monsters & Misfits, Juried by Jill Whitney Armstrong and Bob Armstrong, Kathryn Schultz Gallery, Cambridge MA
*Award Winner: Jurer's Choice
2017 Members Prize Show, Juried by Randi Hopkins, Cambridge Art Association, University Place Gallery, Cambridge MA
*Award WInner: Artist of the Year 2017*
2016 Celebrate, juried show, Kathryn Schultz Gallery, Cambridge MA
2016 boXed, juried show, Nave Gallery, Somerville MA
2016 Out of the Woods: Fairy Tales Re-imagined, juried show, Nave Annex Gallery, Somerville MA
2016 latchkey kids, solo show, Gallery 263, Cambridge MA
2016 Heat, juried show, Bromfield Gallery, Boston MA
2016 Danforth Art Annual 2016 Juried Exhibition, Danforth Museum, Framingham MA
2016 Residual Form: juried show, Nave Annex Gallery, Somverville MA
2016 3 Winners Show, Trestcott Street Gallery, Taunton MA
2016 Con|TEXT, Juried by Steven Zevitas, South Shore Art Center, Cohasset MA
2016 Interdisciplinary: Juried show, CLW; Washington Street Gallery, Somerville, MA
2016 Portrait: juried show; Trescott Street Gallery, Taunton MA
*Award Winner: Jurer's Choice
2015 Winter Works: juried show; Bromfield Gallery, Boston MA
2015 Reclamation II: Emerging Female Artists; juried show, Nave Gallery, Somerville MA
2015 Small Works Salon 2015: Word + Image; juried show, Chandler Gallery, Cambridge MA
2010-2015 West Medford Open Studios
2017 Scaffolding Magazine, Premier Issue
2015 FreshPaintMagazine, Issue 10
2015 Reclamation: Emerging Female Artists
Works held in private collections in Massachusetts, Minnesota, Rhode Island, Sweden, Costa Rica and Australia.
artscope Magazine, March/April 2017 issue. Cover photo.