2022 Foundation Trust Emerging Artist solo exhibit explores recovery from trauma though fashion.
Members of the public are invited to attend Stephanie Couchell’s exhibit on November 30th at the Greater Boston Stage Company from 7-8:30 pm.
Couchell is a recipient of the 2022 Foundation Trust Emerging Artist Fellowship. Curated as an immersive gallery experience, the exhibit will feature a series of formal gowns incorporating mixed media components to communicate the story of childhood trauma and recovery.
Stephanie’s work has been featured at local fashion shows, photo shoots, and events in the greater Boston area. In 2021, she completed her fashion design program specializing in women’s apparel at the School of Fashion Design, Boston, where she continues to work as support faculty with matriculated students. Stephanie’s experience working for Boston-based bridal designer Daniel Faucher cemented her love for couture, and she strives to bring this level of attention and detail to her own work.
“My work centers around creating pieces that bring forth a sense of beauty and elegance, while simultaneously urging you to search for what lingers underneath and may be more sinister than the original beauty,” says Couchell. “It is in the discovery of this place where the complexity of seeing something that is instantly beautiful and ugly exists. To sit in this space, where appreciation for beauty intensely clashes with suffering, is to honor the opposition and difficulty that has been discovered.”
Dr. Joseph Spinazzola, Executive Director of the Foundation Trust, says, “Miss Couchell’s work highlights the power of fashion as a medium through which survivors of trauma can process and express complex emotions that often escape language. We congratulate Stephanie on her tremendous work on this exhibit and thank Follow Your Art for their continued partnership in supporting impactful emerging artists.”
Kris Rodolico, FYACS Executive Director says, "Stephanie's collection embodies personal storytelling through a completely unique and creative use of a medium that is new to us at Follow Your Art. It's been an honor to witness this work come together, and we love having Stephanie as part of the creative community at FYA."
Couchell’s work will be on view November 30th at the Greater Boston Stage Company, 395 Main Street in Stoneham, MA, from 7-8:30pm. The gallery is free and open to the public. This event is sponsored by the Foundation Trust, with support from Follow Your Art Community Studios.
To discover more of Stephanie’s work, visit her on Instagram @stephanie_couchell.