Voyage Miami Interview
Today we’d like to introduce you to Stephanie Jaffe.
Born and raised in New York, Stephanie has singularly pursued a career in the arts. First attending Temple University Tyler School of Art, she earned a BFA in ceramics and glass. During her college education, she studied in Rome, Italy to expand her repertoire. While in Rome, her love for glass and implementing mixed media into assemblages was born.
Upon her return to the states, Stephanie founded Germantown Glass, which is renowned for their refined objects d’art. For the past two decades, she has also worked as an accomplished public artist in Miami, Florida. Stephanie’s large public art features include both 2D and 3D projects with bold, colorful composition, graceful 3D forms, and realized in a myriad of durable materials. Attention to detail, fine craftsmanship, and workability are hallmarks of a Jaffe public art feature.
Can you give our readers some background on your art?
The arc of my studio work often upholds a raucous palette, creative use of found objects, and sly composition. The over-the-top saturation of color coupled with refashioned figurines underscore the secret life to these familiar objects; which is not all it seems. My compositions are surfeit with humor and indulgence wrapped in too-pretty packages.
Nostalgia, which by definition includes poignancy, is there just below the whimsical surfaces of the fanciful concoctions. It is here that I probe the complex interplay between memory and the emotional resonance of objects. Once treasured possessions perhaps part of a collection, evoke personal connections.
When one collects, one experiments with arranging and organizing, which may serve to provide a safety zone, a place of refuge. For me, collecting is about the thrill of the hunt and refashioning familiar forms to create a new identity for them. Vivid visual puns on the function of objects rendered in a modern and unexpected way.
What would you recommend to an artist new to the city, or to art, in terms of meeting and connecting with other artists and creatives?
Go to events.
What’s the best way for someone to check out your work and provide support?
-Local public art installations:
Miami Lakes Town Hall, Veterans Memorial
Dick’s Sporting Goods storefront, City of Boynton Beach
-Upcoming exhibition: “Hot & sticky”: The Sultry State
Curated by Lisa Rockford
Location: Fat Village
523 NW 1st Ave, Fort Lauderdale 33301
-Opening reception April 28, 6-10pm
Second reception: May & catalogue release May 26, 6-10
Closing reception: June 30, 6-10pm
Original Article: http://voyagemia.com/interview/art-life-stephanie-jaffe/
MIAMI, FLORIDA (PRWEB) AUGUST 28, 2015
The Florida Department of Health in Miami-Dade County invites you to the opening ceremony and public art unveiling at the Wilson and Juanita Mann Health Center on Wednesday, September 2, 2015 Located at 2520 NW 75th Street, Miami, Florida at 10:00 a.m. RSVP: Monica.Korn@flhealth.gov
MIAMI, FLORIDA (PRWEB) AUGUST 28, 2015
The Wilson and Juanita Mann Health Center promotes a holistic approach to medicine through health promotion and disease prevention, improving a patient’s quality of life through early diagnosis and treatment. The focus is on the most prevalent diseases in the community, including heart disease, cancer, diabetes, HIV/AIDS, STDs, and others. A Women’s, Infants & Children (WIC) clinic also provides services to a large portion of the community.
Miami artist, Stephanie Jaffe, created the public art installation, entitled “Grow Your Health”. Jaffe was commissioned by the Florida Art in State Buildings Program to design, create & install two mosaic bas-relief artworks on the facade of this new facility. Using bright colors and enduring materials, these mosaic artworks combine natural but stylized forms with playful images of people exercising. Their design reflects the Liberty City Clinic’s efforts to promote healthy living and its movement to create community food gardens. The mosaic materials include glass, reclaimed china, and hand-formed glazed ceramic flowers applied to concrete board.
Originally from New York, Stephanie Jaffe’s studio practice and artwork subject matter evolved after her move to Miami in the early 1990’s. The region’s bright hues and sub-tropical climate made mosaics the optimal medium as she began to create larger works of art with a more enduring presence. Many of Jaffe’s distinctive artworks are permanently installed throughout Florida. Her recent artwork entitled, “V is for Veterans” located in front of Town Hall in Miami Lakes, Florida was included in the 2014 public Art Year in Review by the Florida Association of Pubic Art Professionals. Her studio is located at The Bakehouse Art Complex in Miami. For more information please visit http://www.stephaniejaffewerner.com
Florida’s Art in State Buildings Program
The Art in State Buildings (ASB) Program acquires artwork for new public facilities built with state funds. The program requires that up to .5% of the construction appropriation be set aside to acquire artwork for permanent display in, on or around the facility.
Since the program began in 1979, more than 1,000 works of art have been purchased or commissioned for Florida public spaces. You’ll find them in nearly every Florida County, in locations such as state office buildings, Department of Transportation complexes, Department of Health facilities, courthouses, throughout state university and college campuses.
More info at: http://www.prweb.com/releases/2015/08/prweb12929623.htm
September 18, 2014
By Katie Lepri
This Thursday, Miami Lakes will unveil a 10-foot memorial statue in front of Town Hall to honor local military veterans.
“If it weren’t for our vets, who protected our freedoms on a daily basis, we wouldn’t have this town,” said Vice Mayor Manny Cid. He added that the memorial will serve as a “vital reminder” for the community to honor those who served.
The “V is for Veterans” memorial artwork is the first public art project to be built for the two-story Town Hall, which opened in April 2013.
“The letter ‘v’ is for veterans, but it can be for victory or valor,” said artist Stephanie Jaffe Werner, who designed the sculpture.
The $60,000 project honors all five branches of the U.S. military: Army, Navy, Air Force, Marine Corps and Coast Guard. Each side of the memorial’s pentagonal base contains a ceramic seal and military creed for each branch, arranged clockwise around the sculpture in order of the branch’s date of inception. The Army sits in front, under the gleaming red, white and blue mosaic tile that covers the sculpture.
A number of commemorative bricks that make up the pathway to the memorial, which were bought by town residents to help with costs for the project, will also be revealed at Thursday’s event. Bricks in the memorial will honor various community veterans, including the grandfather of Cid’s wife, Melissa, who served in World War II.
The memorial was commissioned after a county ordinance allocated 1.5 percent of the Town Hall’s construction costs to be put toward public art. The art was chosen by a professional advisory committee and the Miami Lakes Veterans Committee, which brought their recommendation to the Town Council for approval.
The Veterans Committee followed guidelines of the Miami Dade Art in Public Places program to choose the artist for the memorial.
Roughly $5,000 remains for Miami Lakes to spend in their incorporation of public art at Town Hall.
The ceremony, organized by the Miami Lakes Veterans Committee, will be at 6:30 p.m. on Thursday in front of Town Hall, 6601 Main St.
Bakehouse Art Complex
September 18, 2014
V is for Veterans was featured in the Bakehouse 2014 video
Miami lakes town hall
September 4, 2014
New Veterans Memorial Unveiling Ceremony at Miami Lakes Town Hall on Sept. 4
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