WANDA STEPPE

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WANDA  STEPPE

Biography:

Self-taught as a painter, Wanda has relentlessly and at times reclusively pursued her passion for over 35 years.  However, for a period of time during Chemotherapy treatment, the artist found herself unable to paint.  The treatments affected her sense of smell and painting made her ill.  She spent many months thinking about working without being able to.

When Wanda was able to return to her studio, she knew she needed to create work that was personal and cathartic.  She decided to turn from painting objects from daily life to imaginary landscapes that were metaphors for the passage of time.  Her work became a means to convey the uncertainty and fragility of life and of our ability as humans to adapt to the most unlikely situations.

Wanda’s work employs symbols that are open to interpretation: trees with their skeletons exposed, birds in precarious positions, overripe fruit, birds’ nests exposed and vulnerable, landscapes that surrounds and engulf.  These subjects create her personal mythology that attempts to make sense of the twists and turns in life.  Also influenced by magic realist literature and fascinated by the idea that imagination carries equal weight with reality, her pieces are contemplations of the physical world and the nature of spirituality.

 

Résumé:

EDUCATION
Greenville County Museum School of Art
Winthrop University

SELECTED EXHIBITS
Martin Gallery, Charleston, SC 2010-2019
Glance Gallery, Raleigh, NC 2006, 2005, 2003
Gallery 5, Rock Hill, SC 2006, 2003
Rabold Gallery, Aiken, SC 2005, 2004
Francis Marion University, Florence, SC 2002
I. Pinckney Simons Gallery, Columbia, SC and Beaufort, SC 2001 and ongoing
Rauch Gallery, Gaston College, Gastonia NC, Dec. 2001
Gallery 237, Pineville, NC, June 2000
City Hall Rotunda Gallery, Rock Hill, SC, April 2000

SELECTED JURIED AND INVITATIONAL GROUP EXHIBITIONS/AWARDS
Studio Artists Show, Dalton Gallery, Rock Hill, SC 2006, 2002, 1999
Jubilee Juried Exhibition, Dalton Gallery, Rock Hill, SC 2005, 2004, 2003, 2002, 2001
Central South Art Exhibition, Leu Gallery, Nashville Tn, merit award, June 2001
Triennial 2001, South Carolina State Museum, Columbia, SC, 2001
Oil Painters Open Invitational, Sumter Gallery of Art, Sumter, SC, first place, January 2001
Anderson Arts Council Juried Show, Anderson, SC, purchase award, May 2000
SC State Fair Juried Show, Columbia, SC, third place painting, traveling exhibition, 1999, two purchase awards, 1998
Birds & their Houses Invitational, Dalton Gallery, Rock Hill, SC, 1999
Invitational Art Exhibition, University of South Carolina, Union, South Carolina, merit award, 1998
Come-See-Me Juried Competition, Rock Hill, South Carolina, purchase award, 1995, 1992
Women Helping Women Benefit Invitational, Rock Hill, 1994
Exhibits I & II Juried Shows, Greenville County Museum of Art, South Carolina, 1993-92

SELECTED PUBLIC COLLECTIONS
South Carolina State Collection
First Citizens Bank
Bareco Products
Foster, Saad & Company
Bank of America
Capital Broadcasting Corporation
Eisai Pharmaceuticals
Mark Coplan

PUBLICATIONS
Charleston Scene, May 2010         
Independent Weekly, February 2005
Metro Magazine, February 2005
The News & Observer, February 11, 2005
Metro Spirit, February19, 2004
Augusta Chronicle, February 25, 2004
Carolina Arts, December 2003
Artifacts, South Carolina Arts Commission, July/August/September2001, front cover