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Stephanie Corr Gartanutti’s Whimsical Wire Sculptures

by Andy SmithPosted on April 11, 2018


Stephanie Corr Gartanutti started as a painter, but after multiple sclerosis had diminished her fine motor skills for a period, she began to use sculpting as method to both create and cope. Each of her figures begins with a single piece of wire, and then “the wire is cut, shaped and fastened to itself. Then repeated again and again. Later in the process the wire will be woven through until it becomes a substantial object, that can be further manipulated and cut into shape.” 




​Work and Process

"My work is comprised of laboriously woven steel and anodized metals fashioned into distorted female figures. It starts with a single piece of wire and turns into miles worth of dense, hardened forms. The distortions of the anatomy chronicle my symptoms with multiple sclerosis, which is where these armatures evolved from. Each piece highlights the particular limb / body part that seems to be dictating my life at the beginning of each project. The faces and masks are representatives of the dissociation of my exterior self with the physical self. The actual weight and immobility of the work is an important element for me to convey as well."


Underground.Graffiti.Punk Art


Les Sculptures fantaisistes de Stephanie Corr Gartanutti


Les Sculptures fantaisistes de Stephanie Corr Gartanutti




Stephanie Corr Gartanutti a commencé en tant que peintre, mais après que sa sclérose en plaques a entravé sa motricité fine pendant une longue période, elle a commencé à utiliser la sculpture comme une méthode pour créer et faire face.


Chacune de ses figures commence avec un seul morceau de fil, puis « le fil est coupé, formé et attaché à lui-même. Puis répété encore et encore. Plus tard dans le processus, le fil sera tissé à travers jusqu’à ce qu’il devienne un objet substantiel, qui peut être encore manipulé et coupé en forme. « 

«Le tissage et la manipulation du fil en personnages sont devenus thérapeutiques et gratifiants», explique Stephanie Corr Gartanutti. « Le métal est un support naturel pour la matière transmise et est devenu mon seul objectif depuis les deux dernières décennies. »

Stephanie Corr Gartanutti a étudié à l’École des arts visuels de New York et à l’Université des Arts de Philadelphie.

Stephanie Corr Gartanutti

Philadelphia Weekly


""Low Brow Art Show"

Sun., Jan. 28, 8pm. Free. North Star, 27th and Poplar Sts. 
Ever feel like you need to rock a beret and a French accent and drop references to Duchamp just to see some damn paintings? Then the low brow art movement is for you. It developed in L.A. in the late '70s as a reaction to the elitism and seriousness of the art world. The philosophy has spread across the country and continues to gain followers hoping to break down the walls of the cloistered art world. For this event, the first of what will become a seasonal tradition, local artists Stephanie Corr-Gartanutti, Robert Brown, Chris Gauvain, Danielle Rizzolo, Roy Miranda, Phil Dahl, Brooke Hine and Keir Johnston show a variety of works in different media, from wire sculpture and ceramics to illustration and mixed media. "Artwork doesn't have to be drab, tedious exercises in art history in order to be meaningful or enjoyable," says Brown. "Art showings don't have to be quiet, stuffy black-tie events." This North Star Bar happening certainly won't be, giving you a chance to hang out with the artists, see some phenomenal art and enjoy a night out with your fellow commoners. In other words, leave the beret at home. (Jack Schonewolf)

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