There is commonality in the way we feel attachment to our surrounds. The landscape reflects deeply who we are; it is bound to our need for a sense of identity and belonging. Our stories and the things of which memories are made are intimately connected with the land.
Stephanie’s etchings examine the meaning of place. Recollections of childhood are entwined with the Australian landscape. In forests, in woods or on riverbanks, history is told through branches, bark, leaves and undergrowth. Fragments bring memories of place and time. Each viewer brings their own story and makes a connection with their own memories.
British born printmaker Stephanie Jane Rampton obtained a BA (hons) in Art and Design in England in the late seventies. After a stint in New York and many years teaching in Hong Kong she relocated to Melbourne in 1997. Her interest in etching was sparked by workshops at the Australian Print Workshop and the National Art School. She has been in numerous group exhibitions and solo shows at Tacit Contemporary Art. In 2014 she was highly commended in the Waterhouse natural Science Art Prize, with the work subsequently exhibited at the National Archives. Her work is held by the Australian Print Workshop, The National Gallery of Australia, and the Australian Consul General to Guangzhou.