Stephanie Broussard


Stephanie Broussard

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Stephanie Broussard was born in 1997 in Olympia, Washington. In 2015, she graduated from Olympia High School at the age of 17 and received a Merit Scholarship to attend the School of the Art Institute of Chicago. She has been publicly displaying her work since the age of 16, and has sold over 100 paintings at various shows and art fairs. 

Stephanie currently works for SAIC’s Student programming board, is a Studio Assistant for Ava Grey Designs, runs SAIC Swing Dance Club, and spends copious amounts of time painting. She will receive her BFA from SAIC in the spring of 2019.

In her free time she enjoys drinking excessive amounts of coffee, swing dancing, listening to music, and going on new adventures.


Artist's Statement , 2017
Within my painting, drawing, and collage practice I critique both society's standards placed on the female image and the standards I place on my own body. I source inspiration from beauty magazines, childhood photos, and the human body. This is achieved through cutting up images which represent the ideal ‘flawless’ woman and reconfiguring the image into a new ideal. Often I will take this collage and paint it to solidify the image into a portrait. Within my paintings I go by other means to abstract the human figure. Whether it be by contorting the figure with line, silhouette, or simple shapes; by gradually applying and removing layers of paint I’m calling upon the complexity of the human body and the overwhelming standards society places on the human figure. By abstracting the body I am representing the familiar in unfamiliar forms.

There are several processes essential to my artistic practice. These include several preliminary sketches, before the painting is fleshed out on canvas. After this preliminary process, I apply either acrylic or oil paints onto stretched canvas to create a final piece. For example, I cut up a Hustler magazine removing only the large surfaces of flesh. I took the highly sexualized images and then reconfigured them into a non sexualized image on a paper. Once finished with the collage, I applied the imagery with paint onto canvas to take on a life of its own. My work is highly influenced by the painters David Hockney, Cecily Brown, Richard Diebenkorn, and David Salle.

Art is a byproduct of what we notice about our daily lives, political movements, and the rare moments which stick to our memories like glue. When I create these paintings I am reflecting on the human body and the way it interacts with the world around us. I’m exploring what it means to think about the body socially, physically, emotionally, and sexually within the limitations and liberations of paint.