Stefania Urist

Low-Residency Master of Fine Arts Degree

The abuse and overuse of trees and forests as a commodity is a signifier for humans’ overconsumption. Trees and forests are sentient and living. They are integral to biodiversity and a healthy planet but are objectified as a resource to use at humans’ disposal. Stefania’s work is informed by research about trees and forests and the physicality of wood combined and contrasted with the human hand of industry to critique how society commodifies and uses these living plants as a resource instead of living in symbiosis with these beings.
Stefania earned a BFA from the Glass Department at the Rhode Island School of Design in 2013 and an MFA from SAIC in 2022. She lives and creates work in the Green Mountains of Vermont and exhibits her art nationwide.