Stacia Yeapanis is a Chicago-based, interdisciplinary artist, educator and writer. Influenced by existential philosophy and mindfulness meditation, she explores desire and impermanence through the portal of repetition in her cross-stitch embroideries, remix videos and temporary, collage installations. All the conscious and unconscious repeated gestures we make as human beings are a lived engagement with the fact of existence: we are here now, but someday we won’t be. Responding to that fact with wonder and play, as opposed to anxiety, her recent sculptural “landscapes” are improvised on the floor from thousands of handmade and collected parts and only last the length of each exhibition.
Stacia is an Adjunct Assistant Professor in the Department of Fiber and Material Studies at The School of the Art Institute of Chicago, where she received her MFA in 2006, and she conducts weekly interviews with artists for the OtherPeoplesPixels blog. She was a 2011-2012 Artist-in-Residence and a 2012-2013 Mentor-in-Residence at Chicago Artists’ Coalition’s BOLT Residency. Her solo exhibitions include Over and Over Again at BOLT Project Space (Chicago, 2012), I Still Haven’t Found What I’m Looking For at Klemm Gallery, Siena Heights University (Adrian, Michigan, 2013), Everything You Need Is Already Here at Heaven Gallery (Chicago, 2014), When Things Fall Apart, a durational, collage installation in the Annex Gallery at Lillstreet Art Center (Chicago, 2014) and Witness, an evolving, durational installation at The Stolbun Collection (Chicago, 2017), that could only be viewed via a live broadcast through a Nestcam. Her upcoming solo show Sacred Secular opens at Indianapolis Art Center in August 2017.