Make Yourself at Home transforms a Rochester Art Center gallery into a domestic space, with artist-designed and altered furnishings including throw pillows, curtains, and a brocade couch.
Stephanie Lynn Rogers embraces both the beautiful and the grotesque aspects of nature. In this installation of photography and fiber-based work, fungi, worms and ants take their places alongside flowers, foliage and butterflies. The imagery touches on wide-ranging themes, including seasonal cycles, ecology, and the inevitability of decay, while remaining grounded in the landscapes of the upper Midwest.
The images of plants, animals, and landscapes in our domestic spaces say a lot about how we perceive nature. I am interested in which organisms are included and what is left out. I explore this by printing my own photographs onto fabric, by collaging them into repeat patterns, and by using mending techniques to alter existing fabrics.
I am equally interested in what gets considered art and what doesn’t. Make Yourself at Home is an invitation to interact with art in a different way as you touch it and sit on it.
Stephanie Lynn Rogers (b. Rochester, MN, 1985) is fascinated by the complicated relationships human beings have with the landscapes around them. She explores this dynamic through a myriad of forms, including photography, video, fiber, and relational aesthetics. These interests have been shaped by childhood visits to an entomologist grandpa and teenage backpacking trips with the Girl Scouts. St. Olaf College in Northfield, Minnesota (where Rogers earned a BA in Studio Art in 2007) provided space for continued exploration, as did Tyler School of Art in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, where Rogers completed her MFA in Photography in 2016.
Rogers’s work has been supported by the Minnesota State Arts Board and an Arts on Chicago Project Grant from Pillsbury House + Theatre (funded by ArtPlace). She has exhibited in Austin, Texas; New York, New York; Brisbane, Australia; Minneapolis, Minnesota; and Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. The Walker Art Center’s MNartists blog, the Minneapolis Star-Tribune, and MinnPost.com have covered her work. Rogers lives and works in Minneapolis.