Stephanie Lempert’s work concentrates on various systems of communication, both literal and invented. Lempert uses a wide variety of media including sculpture, photography and video. By focusing viewers on small moments, they discover that all is not as it appears at first glance. Often using humor, Lempert attempts to stimulate the viewer to go beyond what they recognize as reality by immersing them in a created environment. By having a set storyline, she allows the viewer to interact with the piece at their own pace. Lempert is a graduate of the Rhode Island School of Design and has exhibited her work internationally.
Stephanie Lempert Studio Visit Synopsis and Discussion Links.
During the studio visit with Stephanie Lempert on March 18th 2009, the group discussion focused on the intricacies of developing artworks that respond or relate to language, memory, and nature. In many of her pieces Lempert attempts to decode hidden messages from source materials of the natural world; dog tails, bird noises, peoples’ wrinkles, etc. For example, in “Read My Lips” a single channel video of goldfish swimming in a tank, Lempert has enlisted the aid of a speech analyst to review footage of the fish and then decipher what words they may be speaking. During this studio visit the group debated how much authorial control the artist has when incorporating animals and other aspects of the natural world, as well as the legitimacy of supplemental expert opinion as a component of artistic inquiry. Lempert’s interest in the play, mimicry, and translation provide a light-hearted and entertaining perspective to the subtle aspects to the world around us.
-Dustin Dennis & Rachel Frank
*Notice that Tim Roth stars in Lie To Me and also appears in Sam Taylor Wood’s Crying Men Series.