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New Art - Stephanie Yee 

Large-scale installations, sculpture and engaging performance art informed Yee’s present tactile art practice

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"Art-wise, I'm kind of all over the place," says Stephanie Yee, who dabbles in performance art, installation pieces, and sculpture. "I'm drawn to stories and characters and a lot of my work comes from thinking about people's experiences and referring to those in a very physical way."

Yee comes from a theatre background–she was enrolled in Dal's theatre program before jumping ship for NSCAD–and is "drawn to time-based media because of the intimacy" but her art more or less determines its own form: A piece "kind of decides on its own if it's going to be time-based or if it's going to be something more static."

Yee's performance art has turned her into a school-dance wallflower and something akin to a human maneki-neko. Her 2011 installation on a baseball diamond backstop in the Halifax Common spelled out BE SAFE in rainbow lights, a message intended to be inquisitive as well as cautionary.

"My first summer in Halifax, I was living in the north end and having all these people be like, 'Be careful of the Common, be careful of the north end,' and a lot of that was just silliness," she says. "I was interested in presenting a dialogue about that space."

It's been a year since Yee has graduated from NSCAD, a time she spent "trying to figure out what my life after school would be and reflecting on do I even want to make art, or did I only make art because I went to school for art? I kind of wanted to discover who I was as a person."

She discovered cooking–her food creations are displayed on her website alongside her art–and wood carving, which Yee enjoys for "the tactile part of it" as well as its commentary on power dynamics.

"The series of carvings I'm working on are looking at objects and how power can manifest itself in certain forms," she says. "A lot of the carvings are really just like handles–I'm thinking about holding a gun and those kinds of things." Her plans for the immediate future include "making a bunch of them and seeing where it goes."

View more work here

A Lesson in Longevity Noodles from Stephanie Yee on Vimeo.

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