In recent years, Stacy Isenbarger’s motivation for creating dialog through imagery and form has shifted from expressing poetic narratives into highlighting perceived boundaries built from one’s environment and cultural understanding. Her approach is driven from her interactions with varied communities in various regions of the United States and a vibrant village community in Jetpur, Rajasthan, India. Shared personal narratives and spiritual perspectives from others continue to push her work into new directions. Through interplay of media and iconography, she develops artworks that allow viewers to consider both the power and shortcomings of these outside dynamics. Shifted from expected presentations, her work challenges viewers’ assumptions and offers viewers new perspectives of their own cultural, political, and spiritual judgments.
Stacy Isenbarger seeks to understand a richer perspective of the community environment—its common structures, shared iconography, and collective engagement. But she also seeks to understand collisions between old and new cultural heritage through shared personal narratives. How does one connect and establish themselves among others’ directives? How does one find their place and their understanding when boundary lines are drawn by others? What is lost and gained through our layered understandings of home, difference, and relevance? Inspired by these complex perspectives, she works to understand how these outside dynamics weave our collective community conscious.
Stacy Isenbarger currently resides in Moscow, Idaho. She is an Assistant Professor in the Department of Art + Design at the University of Idaho. Stacy received her MFA in Sculpture from the Lamar Dodd School of Art at The University of Georgia in 2009 and received her BFA at Clemson University in 2005. She is also the President of FATE (Foundations in Art: Theory & Education).