Jenny Marie Stopher
3D and Soft Sculpture
My 3-D and soft sculpture work is fueled by a sense playfulness that surfaces in my role as a grandmother. For me, this role, without the consuming direct daily tasks of motherhood give way to observing that is unobscured. I marvel at how children see the world through innocent eyes where objects can be larger than life or be redefined to meet the needs of play that day. The ability children have to create their own imaginative versions of the world inspires me.
Consistent with my other multidisciplinary work, I use domestic craft materials traditionally considered feminine, such as thread and fabric. However, in this work I push beyond a material’s intended use and associations to combine playfulness with form to create humble but significant objects.
Stacking Toy Softie
40" x 56" x 38"
Cotton fabric, thread, high density sheet foam, poly-fill
4" x 5" x 1"
Craft felt, embroidery thread, embroidery floss, stabilizer, red cotton fabric. This was inspired by a 1960-s era vintage band-aid tin.
Sisters (integrated into a vintage silver chest)
6" x 6" x 1"
digitally printed cotton fabric, thread, poly-fill