We are very excited to introduce 2 new resident artists to Forest & Ocean Gallery: photographer, Stephanie Hager and sculptor, Garth Parker.
Stephanie Hager: www.HagerPhotography.com
With an extensive background in advertising and editorial, Stephanie Hager has been a professional photographer for over 25 years. After graduating from California State University, Fullerton with a degree in Photocommunications, Hager had the good fortune to travel extensively and study under some of the top photographers in the country. Her work can be found in private collections, as well as with her commercial clients such as the Marriott, CitiBank and Coca Cola.
Hager’s images, known for their clean lines and the clever use of negative space, exude strength while also invoking a sense of serenity and peace. The viewer is invited to have a thoughtful engagement with each piece. As the artist states, “The evolution of my artwork corresponds with my evolution as a human being. By becoming more aware of who I am and listening to my inner dialogue, my artwork comes to express itself.”
Red Sunset, Archival Print on Aluminum by Stephanie Hager
Hailing from the Art Center College of Design in Pasadena with a BFA in Illustration Art, Garth Parker has taken his background in promotion and toy design and applied it producing hand-crafted stonefire ceramics.
With the intention of creating playful pieces of art that are meant to be touched and moved around, each ceramic piece is hand-built, textured and twice-fired and colored pigment is also artfully applied by-hand. The intricate hieroglyphic-style carvings, although geometric in design, are influenced by the idea of horror vacui—a latin term meaning “the fear of empty space.” In each piece, the entire surface space is filled with detailed carvings and impressions, sometimes even using found objects as stylistic inspiration. Parker’s tactile work invites human interaction and each piece tells a unique story.