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First Friday with Steph Untz: Between Here and There

From the Artist:

The paintings and drawings in my show, Between Here & There, are inspired by the images and memories I’ve collected while living in Okinawa, Japan and also traveling here in the Pacific. Many represent the moments when you've left one place and haven’t arrived at the next.

This show also includes a grid of paintings and drawings inspired by my father’s experience in Okinawa, Japan in 1964 and my experience 50 years later. Our time spent on this island is very different and complex. But from the memories of his time here and love of the culture, I’ve been motivated to explore and see as much of Okinawa as I possibly can, much like he did.

About the Artist:

Stephanie Untz was raised in Texas but really calls Knoxville, TN her home. Her past work has mostly focused on portraiture, using drawing, painting and printmaking. Since she has moved to Okinawa, Japan, she has been creating paintings and drawings based off the landscape around her. In this new work, she is also mixing in her love of wood sculpture and her new exploration using wood burning as a tool for drawing. Steph Untz received her MFA from University of Tennessee in Knoxville, TN in 2011. She has lived in Okinawa, Japan for the past 3 years.