Stephanie Oplinger is an award winning multi-disciplinary artist from western Pennsylvania. Working in painting, printmaking and sculpture, she endeavors to share the narratives and dreamy landscapes of her imagination, celebrate the beauty of feminine power and voice, and advocate for those repressed in contemporary society.
She enjoys working in a surrealistic style, combining the fantastical with the familiar. Her printmaking work most often explores the strains of moral expectation in society on women and the celebration of feminine strength. Her dreamy paintings often harken to the Pre-Raphaelites and incorporate imagery of the human figure interacting with nature and the universe. Her sculptures are made from recycled and unconventional materials into a wearable form.
Believing that art can be an avenue for social change, she develops work raising awareness about human trafficking, commenting on female body expectations and dysmorphia in society, and the importance of caring for our earth and environments.
She is a juried member of the Pittsburgh Print Group, and her work is part of the permanent Special Art Collection at Greater Latrobe SHS.
About My Work
I enjoy working in a surrealistic style, combining the fantastical with the familiar, and sharing narratives and dreamy landscapes from my imagination. I am interested in expressing the moment when our perception of reality ends and daydreaming begins. To evoke the subconscious mind and our imaginations, I utilize an enriched palette of bold colors and a strong contrast between light and shadow. Nature plays an important role in my work, either as the grounding point in contrast to the imagination, or as the launching point and aid into exploring worlds unknown. Imagery of a night sky filled with stars is a common visual often running through my work.
My intention through my art is to inspire the viewer with a sense of wonder and possibility as I share my inner imaginative world with them. I often tagline my work on social media with the words, “Bring your imagination and stay awhile.” As this suggests, my work revolves around dreams and imaginative worlds and explores the human figure in relation to space and narrative. My vision is to imbue my work with feelings of escapism and visuals of symbolism, making connections between lighter imaginative stories and deeper real-world meanings.
Within the past year, I have branched into new avenue of work, utilizing both painting and printmaking process to express a contemporary view on the sociology of women. Often influenced by the Pre-Raphaelite era, I enjoy subverting expectations of the era’s style by combining jarring or provocative surreal imagery with feminist commentary. With my work, I seek to express a breaking out into feminine power as well as a continued reclamation of strength, voice, and autonomy. My Unzipped Triptych, comprised of three pieces titled “Hear No Evil,” “Speak No Evil,” and “See No Evil,” touches upon the strains of gender roles and moral expectations placed on women by society while also celebrating the power and imagination of her.
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