Stephanie Cole: Secular Cathedral offers an intimate view into an artist’s life through richly detailed, found object constructions.
Working in a range of media – mosaic, stained glass, wood, fiber – Cole, 75, creates autobiographical artworks that are joyful and exuberant, yet poignant and introspective. The forms come alive with layers of deeply personal items collected by Cole over seven decades. From the minute to the monumental, these affecting bits and pieces symbolize the many phases of Cole’s life and the complex arc of her spiritual journey. Themes explored include family, the Earth, special milestones, identity, grief and love.