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Artist Statement 

My narrative sculptures confront a modern paradox: a globally connected world that heightens individual isolation and a superficial understanding of our place in the world. I strive to cut through feelings of disenchantment by focusing on common threads of the human experience, emphasizing our interconnectedness to the world. My sculptural storytelling creates a dialogue with the viewer, encouraging understanding and fostering relationships of curiosity. I wish for the viewer to be inspired by the wonder of imagination in which they are invited to explore ideas, fears, desires, and other points of view.


The primary protagonist in each sculpture is the hand-built porcelain figure, with special emphasis on the communication tools of gesture and expression. Through careful collaboration with vintage relics and other mediums such as fiber, metal, book arts, wood, and basketry, I transform an intricate mixture of disparate techniques into a seamless narrative vision. Layering each sculpture with a delicate balance of mixed media techniques makes the imagery more vivid and encourages the viewer to get lost in the narrative world.  


My ultimate objective is to extend my storytelling beyond the pedestal by creating an immersive and interactive experience for the viewer. In addition to combining different visual art techniques, I seek to collaborate with other art forms, such as performance, music, photography, video, and the written word, allowing the viewer to explore ideas through a more dynamic sensory experience.



All figures are hand-built porcelain stoneware without the use of molds.  A straight pin and scalpel are the primary tools I use to  achieve fine details on the face, hands and feet.  Each ceramic piece is then finished using multiple layers of underglazes, stains, glazes, and slips, as well as mark making to achieve a depth of color.   After the firing it is fired, I construct and assemble the mixed media elements, which include welding, carpentry, sewing, felting, encaustic, fabric staining, fabric manipulation and much more, in order to further the narrative layers.  


In 2023 Stingle’s work will be part of HEY! CERAMIQUE.S at the Museum of La Halle Saint Pierre in Paris, France curated by Anne Richard, founder of HEY! modern art and pop culture. Stingle will also be curating an exhibition at The Bascom Center for Visual Arts titled “In.Visible.”  Over the years, she has been highlighted in the following museum exhibitions: Museo a Cielo Aperto and Museo MACRO of Rome, Italy; Marietta/Cobb Museum of Art; Georgia Museum of Arts and Sciences; Harn Museum and Barton College of Art. Stingle has participated in international high-end exhibitions for more than ten years, including L.A. Art, SOFA, Art Miami: Aqua, Art New York, Art Wynwood, Art Palm Beach, and Art Palm Springs.  Her work is found in the permanent collections of the Macon Museum of Arts and Sciences, the Kapp Foundation, the Addams Family Foundation, Cafesjian Foundation, and Windgate Center for Art and Design. Stingle has been highlighted by such publications as Hey! modern art and pop culture, Beautiful Bizarre, What Women Create, Hi-Fructose, and Art Doll Quarterly. She has been chosen as a sculpture finalist for the Beautiful Bizarre Art Prize 2020, 2021, and 2022.  Stingle has gained curatorial experience as co-curator of the following exhibitions: “Taboo: Sexuality and Sexual Identity in Ceramics;” “Sacred and Profane,” and; “Deconstructing the Conversation. 



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