My work centers upon the perceived usualness of the everyday. My imagery illuminates what is lost in the in-between moments and reveals the underlying essence of existence. I am concerned with finding a balance between the perception of the everyday and the perception of the spiritual. To illustrate this dichotomy of perception, I take on common occurrences, usual happenstances, and everyday ubiquity as my subject matter, but look upon them with a mindful, benevolent, even worshipful eye. My ultimate goal is to recognize the burden of each in-between, mundane moment of existence as taking on the weight of the world.
Stella Ebner received her BFA from the University of Minnesota and her MFA from the Rhode Island School of Design. Exhibitions of her work include the Minnesota Museum of American Art (St. Paul) the Bronx Museum of Arts, the International Print Center New York (New York City) and the Print Center (Philadelphia), Boston Center for the Arts, Kala Art Institute (Berkeley), and SFMOMA Artists Gallery (San Francisco). She is the recipient of several grants, including a Minnesota State Arts Board Artists’ Assistance Fellowship, a New York Foundation for the Arts Strategic Opportunity Stipend, and a Kala Art Institute Fellowship. Her work is in the collections of the Minnesota Museum of Art, General Mills, Dorsey & Whitney LLP, Kala Art Institute, University of St. Thomas, and the Minnesota Historical Society.