My work explores the paradoxical aspects of culture both local and global. I’m inspired by family heirlooms, the landscape of my childhood home, and idiosyncratic collections I’ve encountered along the way. I disrupt my exploration of intimate experiences by pairing them with outside cultural traditions that intrigue me. In this way, every object I create becomes a hybrid, a synthesis of my unique experience as a ceramicist, and more fundamentally as a human being. These hybrid objects are most often sculptural ceramics that are placed within created environments, transporting the viewer to an alternate, artificial reality. I utilize ornamentation and decoration to create a facade of culture, where my objects speak to multiplicity, diversity, and artifice.
— Stephanie Kantor