Stephanie Metz creates biomorphic abstract sculpture that explores the tension created when opposing qualities coexist. She works primarily in wool and industrial felt to create detailed, complex, and mysterious forms that defy their humble origins.
Stephanie Metz is represented by Jack Fischer Gallery in San Francisco; she lives with her techie husband and two sons in San Jose, where she works from a studio at the Alameda ArtWorks downtown. She has been featured in publications including San Jose's Content Magazine, Adobe Inspire Magazine, American Craft, and 500 Felt Objects. Her work has been included in the Rijswijk Textile Biennial in the Netherlands as well as Sculptural Felt International and Black Sheep, touring exhibitions that visited Europe and Australia. Her numerous group exhibitions include FiberArt International at the Pittsburgh Center for the Arts and the Museum of Quilts and Textiles in San Jose, Formex Stockholm 2008 in Sweden, and Transmission:Experience at the Institute of Contemporary Arts, Singapore. In 2015 Stephanie was honored as an Artist Laureate by Silicon Valley Creates, and she is the recipient of a Belle Foundation for Cultural Development grant as well as two Center for Cultural Innovation grants. She has taught at Penland School of Crafts in North Carolina and Arrowmont School of Arts and Crafts in Tennessee. Stephanie is currently working on a grouping of multiple large-scale touchable felt sculptures that will be exhibited in 2020 in a solo show at the de Saisset Museum in Santa Clara, California.
Interview with Adobe Inspire Magazine: ‘The Wild and Wooly Felt Sculptures of Stephanie Metz’
Time-lapse video showing the process of needle felting: ‘Unnatural History in the Making: Needle Felting a Teddy Bear Skull’
Televised interview and demonstration: ‘Darlene Carman Presents: Stephanie Metz’
Video of kinetic felt piece interpreting the work of a U.S.G.S. scientist: ‘Synechdoche’
Video of hanging sculpture: 'Flesh & Bone Study #6'
Video overview of the making of felt sculpture: ‘Flesh & Bone Study #3: Process and Project’
Interview with Content Magazine: 'Feels Like Art: Stephanie Metz'