"Sorry I Didn't Get a Boob Job"
"Beer is a Best Friend of Mine"
Renella Rose Champagne is an art project of Stephanie Patton.
"Self portraiture has always been central to my work. During my studies at the University of
Southwestern Louisiana I investigated self portraiture through photography, performance and sculpture, as well as painting, which was my major.
Upon graduating from USL I attended The School of the Art Institute of Chicago to pursue an MFA in photography. I received a 100% merit based scholarship for the two years that I was there between 1994-1996. In the summer of 1995 I was selected to participate in the show Face Forward: Self Portraiture in Contemporary Art at the John Micheal Kohler Arts Center. I was also a part of a group show Tarazona Foto 1995 in Tarazona, Spain. In 1996 I received the Weinstein Memorial Scholarship and an honorable mention for the SAIC 1996 MFA fellowships. After graduating I had the unique opportunity to travel for four months alone throughout Europe, Egypt and Kenya.
"In May of 1997 I moved to Brooklyn, New York where I currently reside. In the spring of 1998 I was a participant of The Artist in the Marketplace Program. This program gave me the opportunity to meet and learn from other New York, emerging artists. I showed my video work for the first time in The Bronx Museum of the Arts. The piece entitled Blueberries, a video installation, was a part of the 18th Annual Artist in the Marketplace group show.
"Since that time I have become increasingly involved in video. In 1999 I was a participant of the Rotunda Gallery/Brooklyn Community Access Television residency.
"Currently, I am continuing to work on numerous video projects and performances. I will continue to investigate the theme of laughter as a coping mechanism for tragedy. Aside from video, I look forward to further developing my performance work and intend to combine video, photography and sculpture into the form of a darkly humorous installation."
|Contact Stephanie Patton at:BettyCrappa@aol.com|
suziblademusic ("at") yahoo.com
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