Stacy Howe
born: Worcester, MA
resides: Portland, ME

I am an artist that creates sanguinary assemblages on paper. Using extremes of beauty, horror, and the commonplace I work to make these themes compatible if not interchangeable. I render objects of material excess and polite society while tracing their links to barbarism and how we socially construct nature through etiquette.

Through a process of Surrealist inspired automatism I have come to produce a series of assemblages. Surrealist notions of dream imagery, games of chance, and the marriage of contraries are employed to meld incongruous forms which are then harmonized through ornamentation. I use symbolic forms of the Gothic while imbuing the inanimate with emotion, the allure of violence, the drive towards death, and the return to the primordial.