Stephanie Hirsch is a New York-based mixed media artist whose conceptual works explore themes of self-transformation and awareness. In 2020, she was one of 20 artists selected from a pool of 600 applicants to receive the Silver Arts Projects residency, which provided her studio space in the World Trade Center. Her recent series, Memes are the Modern Day Ancient Scripture, is the culmination of her residency.
Stephanie found inspiration for this work from both a personal experience, as well as a cultural one. After a prolonged experience of emotional trauma, Stephanie traveled to Tibet to gain a sense of healing. While she was there, she saw the Tibetan prayer flags in primary colors flowing through the wind, and felt inspired by the wisdom of Buddha.
After her trauma experience, Stephanie turned to instagram and memes which introduced her to a community of people who had experienced similar situations. The meme format injects dark humor into difficult scenarios, and is relatable by the thousands of people who share it online. Over the years, Stephanie saved thousands of memes that spoke to her, and through them she gained a feeling of empowerment.
While the idea has been ruminating for years, it was only during this residency with Silver Arts Project that Stephanie felt prepared to take the meme format and make it more physical. With an additional sponsorship from Swarovski, who provided her with 10,000 crystals in support of her mission to illuminate the light, Stephanie transformed the memes into mixed media works of art.
Displayed in a similar way as Tibetan prayer flags, the series unfolds from a cynical perspective typical of memes, and eventually transitions to images embracing the self and the soul. As a whole, the series is intended to show the growth and healing that comes from illuminating the light within (and self).
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