Caroline Lathan-Stiefel

30 Nov 2016


Caroline Lathan-Stiefel, 2015 Pew Fellow. Photo by Ryan Collerd.


Caroline Lathan-Stiefel working on Quarry, 2015, fabric, plastic, pipe cleaners, wire, thread, fishing weights, steel rods, 80 x 13 feet. Photo by Sarah Alderman.


Caroline Lathan-Stiefel, 2015 Pew Fellow. Photo by Ryan Collerd.


Caroline Lathan-Stiefel working on Quarry in her studio. Photo by Sarah Alderman.

"The push and pull between the corporeal and the optical is my modus operandi."

Caroline Lathan-Stiefel's (b. 1967) large-scale, immersive sculptural installations play with weight and mass, creating pattern, color, and light from everyday materials. Her delicately-webbed "drawings-in-space...cover, divide, encircle, and fill" their installation sites, she says, while the forms of organic systems present in the work influence viewers both physically and visually, heightening and destabilizing their experience. Lathan-Stiefel holds an MFA from Maine College of Art and a BA from Brown University, and regularly shows work throughout the United States and Canada. She has held solo exhibitions at The Museum of Contemporary Art Jacksonville; the Philadelphia Art Alliance; the Contemporary Museum, Baltimore; and Atlanta Contemporary Art Center, among others. The recipient of a 2011 West Prize from the West Collection, where her work is part of the permanent collection, Lathan-Stiefel has received grants from the Independence Foundation, the Creative Capital Foundation, and the Pollock Krasner Foundation, as well as a Sculpture Fellowship from the New Jersey State Council on the Arts.