Caroline Lathan-Stiefel has been making room-sized sculptural installations consisting of materials such as pipe cleaners, plastic shopping bags, fabric, straight pins, yarn, wire, and lead weights since 2001. Her work involves both the slow, plodding movement of patching and sewing pieces of cloth and plastic to linear structures made of pipe cleaners, as well as quicker, more gestural actions that connect all of the parts into systems, making large suspended sculptures. The installations are drawings-in-space that cover, divide, encircle, and fill the spaces in which they are situated. Monumental in scale and intensely colored and textured, the work aims to physically affect the body of the viewer.
For Lagan, she will present a new series of wall pieces and suspended sculptures suggesting sea wreckage and forms of marine biology. Lathan-Stiefel graduated from Brown University and the Maine College of Art. She currently lives and works in Pennsylvania. The recipient of numerous awards, among them the Pollock Krasner Foundation Grant, she has exhibited her work throughout the United States and Canada.
- Caroline Lathan-Stiefel, Lagan #1.