Stephanie Armstrong

wabi-sabi Japanese (n.) the discovery of beauty in imperfection; the acceptance of the cycle of life and death.
wabi-sabi Japanese (n.) the discovery of beauty in imperfection; the acceptance of the cycle of life and death. 2020 Acrylic paint, medium, and mouse on wood panel 12" x 12"
insouciant French & Latin (adj.) free from worry, concern, or anxiety.
insouciant French & Latin (adj.) free from worry, concern, or anxiety. 2020 Acrylic paint, medium, and mouse on wood panel 6"x 6" each
recherché French (adj.) carefully chosen, rare, exotic.
recherché French (adj.) carefully chosen, rare, exotic. 2020 Acrylic paint, medium, and mouse on wood panel 12" x 24"
caim Gaelic (n.) lit 'sanctuary'. an invisible circle of protection.
caim Gaelic (n.) lit 'sanctuary'. an invisible circle of protection. 2020 Acrylic mouse, paint, and medium on wood panel.
gorgonize English (v.) too have a paralyzing or mesmerizing effect on someone.
gorgonize English (v.) too have a paralyzing or mesmerizing effect on someone. 2020 Acrylic paint, medium, and mouse on wood panel 3' x 4'
tarantism Italian (n.) overcoming melancholy by dancing; the uncontrollable urge to dance
tarantism Italian (n.) overcoming melancholy by dancing; the uncontrollable urge to dance 2020 Acrylic paint, medium, and mouse on wood panel 12" x 16"
meraki Greek (v.) to do something with soul, creating, or love; to put something of yourself into your work.
meraki Greek (v.) to do something with soul, creating, or love; to put something of yourself into your work. 2020 Acrylic paint, medium, and mouse on wood panel 10" x 10"
metanoia Greek (n.) the journey of changing one's mind, heart, self, and way of life.
metanoia Greek (n.) the journey of changing one's mind, heart, self, and way of life. 2020 Acrylic paint, mouse, and medium on wood panel 4' x 4'
fika Swedish (n.) a moment too slow down and appreciate and good things in life.
fika Swedish (n.) a moment too slow down and appreciate and good things in life. 2020 Acrylic paint, medium, and mouse on wood panel 8" x 8"
lagom Swedish (v.) not too little, not too much, just right.
lagom Swedish (v.) not too little, not too much, just right. 2020 Acrylic paint, medium, and mouse on wood panel ic paint, medium, and mouse on wood panel size:
Statement

As a student, I always struggled with the fast-paced demands and expectations of the education system. I always felt that there was something everyone just understood; I, simply, did not. As I progressed in school, the issues changed and evolved. And I firmly believe the frustration I experienced through the majority of my public education career  all stemmed from not knowing how I learned, processed, and responded  with information. 

Eunoia is an artistic representation of my personal, therapeutic process. This consists of utilizing tape and acrylic paints and mediums to create the shapes and lines in my compositions. Even though this process was developed years after I began practicing art, those years were extremely vital to its development. They taught me not only the necessities of thinking and seeing like an artist, but also encouraged me to recognize how I process and cope with subjects beyond art. 

As an art teacher, I want students to utilize creativity as a tool to explore and understand themselves in the world through a healthy practice. Through choice, art can show the value of taking risks, learning from failure, and having the confidence to try again. Eventually my students will grow to know that the process of expressing is a way of gaining personal awareness.