Stephanie Todhunter is a mixed media artist living outside of Boston MA.
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 STRANGER DANGER at the Abigail Ogilvy Gallery in Boston MA
A solo exhibition featuring the artwork by Stephanie Todhunter
February 1 – February 28, 2018
Opening reception: Friday, February 2, 5 – 8 p.m.
Abigail Ogilvy Gallery is proud to present Stranger Danger, a solo exhibition by Stephanie Todhunter. Todhunter began working on the latchkey kids series in 2014. The backbone of the series is an ongoing succession of plaster encased vintage dolls, each re- colored and re-named. The process of plastering and inking gives the originally identical doll forms new personalities. Todhunter takes photographic portraits of these found lost girls, and uses the images in larger mixed media pieces- trying to refine their identities further. She uses this exploration of their individual stories to reflect on growing up in the late 70's and early 80's- a period of increasing divorce rates, isolation, and lack of parental responsibility.
The plaster encased girls (reminiscent of Han Solo encased in carbonite) start as vintage Dawn dolls from the 1970s. These dolls were only made for a brief amount of time and generally only remembered by the GenX demographic. Dawn dolls are smaller than Barbies and, although they have exaggerated, waspish waists and perky breasts, are “tweenish” in age. They were small, generic, easy to carry and easy to lose.
Once the dolls have been plastered and inked, they develop distinct and often unsettling features and personalities. The photographic portraits Todhunter takes of each girl capture and highlight these quirks. The artist then gives each girl her own generation-and- personality-appropriate name.
Her larger artworks use these same images as means to create a narrative about the lost girls. Common themes are isolation, stranger danger, missing children, parental neglect, and lord-of-the-flies-like adventure in small town suburbia. Todhunter intentionally contrasts these themes with those found in contemporary parenting: constant stimulation of the internet, helicopter parenting, snowflake children, online bullying- all of which are creating a new form of isolation among children today.
Stephanie Todhunter grew up in the late 70s/early 80s in the Midwest, and was moved from small town to small town by her single, working mother. Immediacy and experimentation are essential to her multidisciplinary practice. Todhunter's work has been included in group exhibitions and featured in solo shows across New England, and is held in private collections around the world. Most recently, Stephanie was awarded the 2017 Artist of the Year by the Cambridge Art Association, and her work was the front-cover feature of the March/April 2017 issue of Artscope. She is lives and works outside of Boston, MA.
Manager: Jerome Street Studios, 128 Jerome Street, West Medford, MA
Board Member: West Medford Open Studios
2017 Winter Works: juried show; Bromfield Gallery, Boston MA
2017 Small Works, Juried Show, Groundworks, New Bedford MA
2017 Drums on Paper: With the Neighbors, Ground Floor Gallery, Brooklyn NY
2017 Mary Schein Fall Salon, Kathryn Schultz Gallery, Cambridge MA
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.