Meet Stephanie Gainer

with Stephanie Gainer Arts

I am a Charlotte based 3D artist. Although I mainly work in 3D, I enjoy painting murals and public work. I’ve been honing my skills of saving items from the landfill for several years now. I received my BA in Art from UNCC with the support of my husband and two small children in 2013. Originally working in clay and creating mostly figures, I was given a doll head mold that altered my path. Having to give up my studio during Covid and no access to a kiln, I started creating assemblages with doll parts my children had given me one Christmas. My found object assemblages highlight a transformation from beloved childhood toy to sculptural forms of amalgamated creatures. While these creatures often illicit strong initial reactions in viewers, they seem to be from a long forgotten fairytale.