Gallery 263 is pleased to present latchkey kids, a Curatorial Proposal Series exhibition featuring new mixed media works by Stephanie Todhunter. Twenty plaster-encased, hand-colored, 70s-era Dawn doll figurines form the backbone of the show. Macro-photographic portraits capture these frozen girls, their faces then printed on canvas and glass and buried underneath layers of metal leaf, spray paint, paper and wax. Each portrait gives voice to the unspoken histories and lives of latchkey kids during the late 1970s and 1980s --- a time of escalating Cold War tension, high crime, environmental disasters resulting from corporate negligence, Satanic Panic, record divorce rates and increased child disappearances.
Currently a Boston based artist, Stephanie grew up in the Midwest, the child of a single working mother who frequently moved from small town to small town throughout the 1970s. As a mixed media artist, immediacy and experimentation are essential to Stephanie’s work. She aims to reduce her subjects to their most basic idea without sentimentality. Recent exhibitions include Danforth Art Annual 2016 Juried Exhibition, Danforth Museum, Framingham MA; Heat Bromfield Gallery, Boston MA; Residual Form, Nave Annex Gallery, Somerville MA.