Stacy Isenbarger creates dialog through her works by highlighting perceived boundaries built from one’s environment. Through unexpected material collisions, Isenbarger continuously seeks ways to express complex negotiations of place and the desire to feel whole within it. As her forms seem to pull themselves together or break apart, they act as stand-ins for complex personas confronting restrictive barriers.
Isenbarger seeks to understand a richer perspective of community environments—their common structures, poetic narratives, shared iconography, and collective engagement. How does one confront 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’s creative pursuits include sculpture, installation, mixed-media drawings & student mentorship. She received her BFA at Clemson University & her MFA from the Lamar Dodd School of Art at the University of Georgia—two places she has tremendous gratitude for especially in regards to how both experiences shaped her approach to teaching. As Foundations Coordinator and Associate Professor of Art + Design at the University of Idaho in Moscow, Idaho, USA, she celebrates her opportunities to explore creative communication and empowerment. When she's not teaching or making—and sometimes when she is—she's usually dancing since the act continuously validates her joy of community acceptance and shaking up space.
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