January 5, 2020

Stephenie Knight

The Framemaker proudly presents new work by Stephenie Knight. This exhibit is part of Clarksville’s First Thursday Art Walk on January 2, 2020. An opening reception will be held from 5 p.m. to 8 p.m. The exhibit will remain on display at The Framemaker throughout the month of January during normal business hours (Mon. through Fri. 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.).

 In my series, ​Deconstructed, I illuminate the lack of concern humanity has toward the condition of the Earth. I concentrate on the damage brought on by humans and society’s lack of care for structures built in place of nature thriving. The series is comprised of color photographic collages containing construction sites and dilapidated buildings combined with landscapes.  Construction and decay are always surrounding us but we never stop to think of the connections they share. I show the landscapes to the audience in hopes that it will allow them to consider the impeccable lack of attention, the implications of civilization destroying the earth, and abandoning the structures only to repeat the cycle. The miserable state of the buildings, as well as the configurations of the collages, reflect the need for a controlled man-altered landscape. The work becomes gradually more three-dimensional so the viewer is dealing with the subject matter on their three-dimensional plane.  The configurations of the collages progressively become harder to understand because there is no clear solution. Humans need safety and structure to thrive, but to what extent? Will there be a day that nature is overwhelmed by our need for structure? Deconstructed ​ originated from the dismantling of my creative process and the unification of personal practice and commercial photography allowing me to thoroughly understand my practice as a whole. After reconstructing my practice I began to think of what else I could unravel for a better understanding. In passing condemned buildings in daily life while seeing construction on retail-oriented roads it has become clear that civilization only prizes the earth that can bring them profit. Anything outside of this domain of profit is deemed abject and is utterly deject.  

Stephenie Knight works from and lives in Clarksville, TN. First becoming interested in fine art during her sophomore year of high school, she did not discover her passion for photography until her sophomore year of college at Austin Peay State University; her love of collage was not founded until her senior year. She graduated with her BFA from Austin Peay State University in December 2019. For the last two years, Knight has had work shown in the Art + Design 50th and 51st Annual Student Juried Exhibition. She worked as a photography intern for the Center of Excellence for the Creative Arts in 2018 and was later hired by CECA as a photographer in 2019. Knight is currently working as an event photographer while experimenting with her processes and questioning where the differences lie between her commercial and personal art.  She is now preparing for a group exhibition at Journey’s Eye Studio in February.