Stephanie Wilde: Introspective
Idaho-based artist Stephanie Wilde is known for her lavish, intricate works addressing global contemporary issues and societal concerns. Her images portray a quiet and gentle aesthetic, developed from an interior narrative and drawn from a range of literary, historical, and scientific sources. The hidden power of Wilde’s work lies in the way these elaborate motifs intensify her perspective on the persistent human issues that overwhelm us – prejudice, greed, fear, grief, and death. Each narrative tells a story of our human struggle, while sharing our continuing desire for beauty and compassion.
This selective retrospective highlights Wilde’s artistic practice, spanning over four decades. Selections from her series of work explore subjects such as the AIDS epidemic in the US and Africa, climate change and its effect on the western honey bee, corporate greed, and social polarization.
Wilde received an Artist in Residency at Djerassi Resident Artists Program, Woodside, California, in 2017, and a 2015 Joan Mitchell Foundation Grant, New York, New York, for painting. In 2002, she was awarded the Idaho Governor’s Award for Excellence in the Arts and, in 1999, a Boise Mayor’s Award for Artistic Excellence.
Organized by the Boise Art Museum
Mark Kieckbusch and Kathryn Earhart
Pamela Lemley and Jill Simplot
Carroll and John Sims
Shauna and Bill Waller
Jim and Gwen Brandstetter
JoAnn Butler and Michael Spink
Dr. Michael and Kirsten Coughlin
Forrest K. Geerken
Irv and Trudy Littman Philanthropic Gift Fund in the Idaho Community Foundation
Louise and Colin Poole
Additional Support Provided By
Michael and Susan Smith
IMAGE: Stephanie Wilde, Queen, Drones and Workers, 2014, triptych, ink, acrylic, and gold leaf on museum board, 3 panels, 8″ x 8″ each, Collection of John and Carroll Sims.