I use geological references as a starting point for tactile, abstract works that are created from painted canvas. My interest in the parallels I experience between geological processes and human experience drives my practice. I draw links between the ways in which earth is built up, saved, and destroyed, (sediment, erosion, and earthquake) and the way our own life events are similarly built up, saved, and destroyed (accumulating personal experiences, flawed memories, and unsettling life events.) My painting explores the possibilities of physically representing these experiences. In doing so I disregard the flat plain and engage in a number of aggressive actions against the basic fiber of painting. I cut and rip apart canvases. I attack the surface with paint, with scissors, and with thread.
Though my work I explore painting in its ability to make connections and allow disparate thoughts and experiences to mingle among each other. Pulling from the world around me, I aim to create a microcosm into which both maker and viewer are able to venture. My work throws together painting, craft, and elements of the domestic, fusing together outsider art practices with conventional painting techniques installed in the manner of a contemporary art installation.
Colleen McCubbin Stepanic was born in Newport News, Virginia and grew up in the suburbs of Chicago, Cleveland, and Washington DC. She earned a BFA from the University of Dayton and an MFA from the Tyler School of Art. McCubbin Stepanic has been the recipient of many grants and awards and has successfully completed a number of artist residencies including the Joan Mitchell Center, the Millay Colony, and the Vermont Studio Center, all of which were completed in 2016. McCubbin Stepanic’s work has been featured in exhibitions in New York City, Philadelphia, Boston, and Buffalo. She has been included in exhibitions at The LaGrange Art Museum in LaGrange, GA; The Susquehanna Museum of Art in Harrisburg, PA; The Woodmere Art Museum in Philadelphia, PA; and the Toledo Museum of Art in Toledo, OH. Her work has been shown repeatedly in many states including Pennsylvania, Michigan, Illinois, Georgia, Arizona, Tennessee, Ohio, Washington D.C., and New York. She has had 13 solo exhibitions of her work since 2003 and has participated in art projects in Budapest, Hungary and Batoufam, Cameroon.