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2018 SPE Annual Conference: Uncertain Times: Borders, Refuge, Community, Nationhood / Hosted by The University of the Arts

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Stephanie Cosby


SPE Member since 2017
Member Chapter: South Central

Stephanie Cosby

SPE member since 2017
Winter On Earth
Photo Montage

Stephanie Cosby

SPE member since 2017
When There Were Birds
Painted Photograph

Stephanie Cosby

SPE member since 2017
Photograph / Digital Montage


Stephanie Cosby is an interdisciplinary artist working in photography, paint and with plants in Memphis, TN. A 2015 recipient of the Arts Memphis Arts Accelerator Grant, Stephanie shows locally in Memphis galleries and makes public art with Between Worlds Collaborative, the most recent on display as part of the South Main Mosaic Artwalk.
Stephanie was Brazilian-born and American-raised—a fact relevant in her work.

Stephanie's work is dealing with the misinterpretation of the 'Dominion' idea. The idea that man is higher than everything else, and has God-given dominion over the earth and its 'lesser' creatures. Some say the correct interpretation of the word dominion is stewardship of the Earth and all of its creatures. What does this mean for technological advancements and Earth care in the 21st Century? Stephanie's work offers a moment of perspective regarding humankind's place in the universe. It also offers the idea of "cosmos as home" to those of us who were moved or displaced, and do not live fully in any one culture or land.

"There are clues everywhere on earth that point to the great cosmic landscape Earth is a part of. Clues that point to unseen realms, unanswered questions, and to this incredible intelligent network of communication and symbiosis between all parts. My life experiences strongly suggest that humans are meant to understand this network, and be a part of it as inseparable participants. Possibly all human suffering can be traced to the point of disconnection from the whole, from the innate intelligence of the universe itself as a living breathing entity."

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