Willie Stewart’s work images his understanding of how we regard and arrange time, where we place longing, and what reminiscence looks like. Overall, his imagery tends to evoke rather than describe an experience. Through his usage of hallucinatory tropes, he invites us to a Symbolists’ trance of metaphorical and subliminal transcendence. An investigation of memories, both personal and cultural, arise through these different perceptions of time, while he also offers a nostalgic capsule and embracement of sentimentality, fixing instants between two points – a beginning and an end.
Willie Stewart (b. 1982, Gallatin, TN) lives and works in New Haven, CT. He received an MFA in Sculpture from Yale University (2018), and his BFA from The Cooper Union (2016). His work has been included in exhibitions at Nicelle Beauchene Gallery, New York, NY; Soft Opening, London, UK; Seed Space, Nashville, TN; Boston Center for the Arts, Boston, MA; and Herron School of Art and Design, Indianapolis, IN. Stewart completed residencies at Pioneer Works, Brooklyn, NY (2016), and Skowhegan School of Painting and Sculpture, Skowhegan, ME (2014).