E. A. Stuart is an interdisciplinary artist whose work explores the language of materials through experimentation and research. Stuart immigrated from Canada to the United States of America in 1992 with her family. After completing her Associates in the Arts for Secondary Education from Hillsborough Community College in Tampa Fl, she took a 23-year break to join the working masses in corporate America. In 2018 Stuart returned to school to pursue her passion for art. Stuart received her BFA from The School of the Art Institute of Chicago in Spring 2020 and is currently working on her MFA at Northern Illinois University. She is the recipient of the School of the Art Institute of Chicago Honors Scholarship consecutively from 2017 to 2020. She recently participated in the Sleight of Hand First Year Grad Exhibition at 215 Gallery (4th street) in Dekalb IL.
The backbone of my practice is to challenge the idea of “perception is reality”. I take the mundane and throw it into the absurd by merging dualities between the seen and unseen, deconstructing conventional items to create monstrous volume where none is perceived or abnormally distorting the lens of observation. My critique on societal norms originated from my fascination of scientific inquiry and testing of materials and techniques. I am in constant experimentation with painting, drawing and sculptural materials questioning the nature and narrative qualities of each and how they can be applied to confronting the concept of perception being reality. Though my subject matter ranges from figurative to the abstract, at the core, my work is focused on breaking the illusion of perceived reality and pushing the viewer to see the world in a different way.