Brought up wandering the woods and holidaying in the English countryside, Stephanie Draper’s strong sense of nature and place has developed further as she travels the world, designing big change projects that address social and environmental issues, drawing on her scientific background and interest in patterns of change.
“My prints are about anchoring an experience, or a change, in the place where it happens. I am fascinated with the way big global concerns manifest in specific places. River Piracy, for example, is impacting the water courses of the Yukon. As a glacier shrinks it can change the way rivers flow, which starves a landscape of vital water sources, impacting the communities that draw on them.”
Draper’s dry-points depict the place where these things happen, allowing patterns to manifest and make connections in the landscape. The simplicity of dry point lends itself to maps, but also delivers abstraction.
“My artistic examination of these places deepens my understanding and I hope brings insight and beauty to social change.”