“My work reflects our society’s obsession with beauty through advertising – and the endless images that bombard us daily. It is a purposeful intermix of images derived from advertising and thousands of incongruent pieces – images and text – from advertising that arrives through my mailbox. I appropriate these images and create them anew. Assembled like a mosaic; the paper tiles create an entirely new image – an eclectic and tactile portrait reworked in my imagination, utilizing materials that would otherwise go to waste.”
I come from a long line of women who have expressed themselves using a needle and thread. Creating with various forms of fabric and thread have been part of my life since I was a child and my mother and great aunt taught me to sew, embroider and crochet. Once I discovered quilting about 25 years ago, it became my passion.
Stephen Harlan’s artwork is bright, bold, and captivating. Mr. Harlan’s art medium is entirely digital and his images are beautiful places that have originated in his imagination. The viewer can not help but want to step right onto the deck, dock, boat, beach or veranda of his fantasy locations which are printed in vibrant color as limited edition giclee prints on canvas and paper.