Stephanie Stein

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Stephanie Stein

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Modern Day Botanicals

I was born and raised in NYC but at a certain point I escaped from Brooklyn and made my way to Los Angeles. I have been here a while now, painting, raising children and working in early childhood.

I have a history of painting landscapes from visual vocabulary I’ve picked up from looking around at the earth, but they are always painted from vague cursory memories of the land, never from real life.

These watercolor paintings are of leaves from around my neighborhood, from streets that I go on every day. They are a personal account of the phenomena around me, a desire to be present and to see something clearly. In Buddhism they talk about trying to see reality through our perceptions, which are usually so clouded. I used this way of painting to focus on what’s right in front of me and be present.

A bizarre and magical thing happens when I look at these plants for a while. I can actually watch my perception shift as I settle in and focus on the object over a period of time. You stop looking and really start seeing. I ask myself how it’s possible I didn’t see this (color, shape, part) before? I’m a petty perceptive person. There is something really odd going on here in these moments. I’m watching this phenomenon of perception unfold and change before my eyes.

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