Stephanie Sarley is a prolific multimedia artist creating her own world of art, using humor and absurdity to boldly challenge how female sexuality is perceived and defined. Through her current works she is redefining how people look at food and is best known for her surrealistic fruit art series, featuring notable works such as Cream Cup, and Blood Orange.
Working in an array of mediums with a background in fine arts, the innovative artist has created the series Crotch Monsters and ‘Orcunts’, and a surrealistic coloring book, Dick Dog And Friends. Her digital art encompasses a wide spectrum of works of multiple series of digital paintings, animations, films and photographs. She has a love for graphite illustration and drawing her signature grotesques.
On three occasions in a single month in 2016, Instagram suspended and restored the artist’s account, causing an uproar over art censorship and garnering an enormous amount of press. Her work has been commercialized, copyright infringed and appropriated on an large scale internationally, which has caused her to be become vocal on issues regarding ownership of your image in the virtual space.
Sarley studied intaglio, lithography and portraiture at Laney College in Oakland, California, for several years while maintaining a stone carving and masonry apprenticeship. Prior to that she was apprenticing as a tattoo artist at several shops in Oakland and Berkeley.
Having made a name for herself on the internet, Stephanie Sarley continues to use the digital platform as a performance space and a means of artistic growth and expression.
Video Commission for Nick Jonas 2017
Canalbis Canal + 2017 video appearance
Art featured on Canal + L’Emission D’Antoine French T.V show Canal + – 2017
Backdrop Art for Canal + l’emission d’Antoine French T.V show Canal + – 2016
Gather Journal Winter 2017
Elle Brasil December 2016
Art magazine Hamburg December 2016
Hatezine 3 – 2016
WAD Magazine #69 – 2016
Glamcult #119 – 2016
Hatezine 2 – 2016
Artwork for Vice Munchies 2015
Werkartz Group showing 2017
SOMA gallery Berlin Solo exhibition 2016
With an innate eye for detail. I approach my art in search of the unseen and unexpected. At the market, fruits and vegetables present themselves as a medium. Re-imagining materials with milk pouring as fertility and bodily fluids to fruit play representing self love. The ripe flesh of a fruit tearing like skin peeling and, blood oozing when a cherry pops.
Surrealism informs my vision at the foundation of much of my work, especially in painting and drawing my anthropomorphic creatures. Current still lifes allude to altar spaces where the beauty of objects are capsulized, displaying offerings of abundance and luxury as well as representing the wilting of time and cycles of life. Stages in sequences captured in explicit images, immortalized moments in film and photography.
I work to reclaim women’s sexuality in art, evoking the female gaze, confronting the male gaze and the concept of the “muse” by personifying female archetypes. Having transcended the typical use of social media, my fruit art series has become by way of censorship a new style of art, an act of protest and a performance art in it’s own respect. Approaching my work with humor and absurdity there’s a naughty playfulness in every aspect of my art. Symbolism is heavily used in my work with an ambiguous nature that leaves it open for interpretation.