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Meet Stacey Prince

Today we’d like to introduce you to Stacey Prince.

Every artist has a unique story. Can you briefly walk us through yours?
I grew up in the suburb of Oklahoma City, running the countryside on the weekends with my 40 plus cousins. Nature and family have had a big impact on my creative side.

As a child, my only experience with art was through dance but didn’t enjoy visual art since I was told “color within the lines,” but somewhere in the midst of life’s drama, I fell in love with writing and visual art. I never knew that within me was an artist waiting to be born, but it was the best thing that could have happened to me!

Fast forward to my young adult years, I worked in the optical field, and I began taking photography classes at a North County San Diego community college. The teachers were very inspiring, and I realized I could express myself through art and photography. I always enjoyed writing and making artists’ books. I found a desire to learn printmaking from an awesome printmaker and book artist. I now use various methods of printmaking as my base for creating. These mediums allowed me to merge both my love and printmaking and the book. I never looked back. I was hooked.

Please tell us about your art.
The examination of my history, the materiality of the body, psyche, and nature are the major themes in my artwork. I work in several mediums; photography, printmaking, book arts, painting and recently started exploring ceramics. My work in often layered in meaning, texture, and image. I often create intimate visual spaces within my books and prints.

I think my work is layered because I confront a time, self, and a space in which I was vulnerable and allowed myself to be silenced. Art has strengthened me and allowed me to see that we all have something unique to offer the world.
I hope that people will examine their own life and contemplate the power they have within themselves to heal and create. I want to inspire those who are dealing with some fear or boundary to realize that they are strong, powerful and can live a life in the absence of fear.

As an artist, how do you define success and what quality or characteristic do you feel is essential to success as an artist?
Success is an interesting idea and the way I define it has changed over time. I have been an artist for many years; art has always provided an important foundation for me to learn and provide a voice for social issues that we (especially women) face. I feel that being able to communicate an idea and offer an experience for someone is important to be successful. Also being able to afford the supplies needed to communicate ideas. Expressing oneself, empathy, promotion, and follow through are all essential to the success of an artist. Also attending your local art shows, galleries, etc. . . . Meet people!

How or where can people see your work? How can people support your work?
You can find me on Instagram @stacey_prince_photography or my website, staceyprince.com. I also have books in Special Collections and University Archives at San Diego State University, San Diego, CA. I will be in a group show May 2019, and please message me for details.

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