Steffany Butts - Boucher is an artist, instructor, sound practitioner and Owner of Echo Studio in Manitou Springs, CO. She received her MFA in Sculpture from Parsons School of Design in New York City and her BFA from Western Illinois University. She has shown her work throughout the United States including Illinois, Colorado, Brooklyn and New York City, in addition to Stuttgart, Germany. Her work is in private collections throughout the United States, including New York City, Brooklyn, Illinois, Missouri, Colorado & California; and Internationally including Germany, Iceland, Italy, Helsinki and Canada. Venues of collaborative, individual, group and invitational exhibits include: Kreuser Gallery, Colorado Springs, CO; Manitou Art Center, Manitou Springs, CO; Modbo, Colorado Springs, CO; Pikes Peak Community College, Colorado Springs, CO; Pencil Factory, Brooklyn, NY; Niagara Space, NYC; ArtLot, Brooklyn, NY; HereArt, NYC; Crosby Street Project Space, NYC; WIU Gallery, Macomb, Illinois; Sullivan Taylor House, Macomb, Illinois; ArtHauz, Co-op Gallery, Macomb, Illinois; Akademie Schloss Solitude in Stuttgart Germany.
The accordion, clarinet, piano harp, saw, theremin, experimental and self-constructed instruments are utilized by Steffany in performance along with her layered video projections. Performances & recordings include: video Projections for the Four Moons and at the Time Travelers Circus, Florence, Colorado; Over and Under the Pulaski, Composed & Performed on Site: Accordion, Brooklyn, NY; Belaphant: Experimental Recordings & Performance with Danyel Wendrof, Brooklyn, NY; Accompany, Brooklyn Silent Film Social: Saw, Accordion, Theremin, Brooklyn, NY; Mouth, A Collaborative Project and Recording, Parsons- The New School for Design, NYC
Her teaching includes Independent Classes & Workshops; Kreuser Gallery, CO; Parsons School of Design, NYC; Bemis School of Art and Pikes Peak Community College in Colorado Springs; in addition to K-12 schools and educational programs. Her teaching spans 22 years. She taught in the subject areas of Foundation Studio classes in both Art and Design, Sculpture and Drawing, in addition to Art History.
I create symbolic sculptural votives, placeholders for morphogenesis and mythology. These unique personal votive organisms mutate and emerge reflecting the ever changing living world’s response to industry, conditioning and environment. I study the process and sequence of evolution and mutation. Drawing, sculpting and installation provide me the opportunity to explore, inventory and fold my interests together. These ideas are explored using new materials, various types of paper and unique materials that have a connection to my personal history. Plastic models and findings are deconstructed and reconstructed into sculptures that contrast landscape with the morphed beings that inhabit it. Cast shadows and shadow play unite and engage visitors with the environment. This creative process is a practiced development of my individual language and personal mythos. Creative writing and research are the foundation of my studio practice.