As a graduate of Syracuse University’s School of Visual and Performing Arts’ Transmedia Department, Stefani’s concentration has been audio/visual production, including the history of time-based media formats, their social/political influence, and the psychology behind their consumption. With the exponential growth of technology, so changes the face of contemporary craft: New technology is now being incorporated into, or used in conjunction with, craft and art practices. As a multi-disciplined artist with formal training in both digital and fine arts, making the leap to combine both skill sets is the next target for her practice.
The origin of Stefani’s work stems from personal experience, original research, and literature in philosophy and psychoanalysis. Her aesthetic is a visual poeticism intended to capture the essence of the human experience. Visual and auditory cues make viewers aware of their direct relationship with the subject in her body of work.
Stefani values how the process of making art and the consumption of art both yield the creative potential for building communicative constructs and critical colloquia; these are necessary to provoke and invoke change in social and political ideologies. She has an innate need to produce art as a method of deconstruction; her need to understand, to continue to learn, and to question the validity of her opinions is a testament to the person she is and the way that she approaches the world as it exists.