Fine Arts Senior Collaborates with Faculty Member on Film Series

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Stephanie Potter ’14 is a film buff.

Potter, a senior Fine Arts major, has collaborated with Sreshta Rit Premnath, Assistant Professor of Foundation, Fine Arts, and Photography & Digital Arts, to curate a 15-week series of feature-length documentaries shown every Tuesday through the end of April in Stewart Auditorium.

The film series is in conjunction with Potter’s film club, Rogue Screenings, and Premnath’s “Documenting the Social Landscape” class. Films shown include Leviathan (2012), an experimental, almost wordless documentary on the North American fishing industry and Werner Herzog’s Happy People (2010).

“We wanted to show interesting documentaries, but beyond the content, all the films we’re showing also say something about the process of documenting,” she said. “It has been a great collaborative experience.”

Potter considers herself a sculptor, but “with a heavy emphasis in photography and video so that all of my objects tend to be performative.”

“I was so heavy on craft when I first came here, but it’s slowly becoming more about the image than the actual object,” she said.

For her thesis, “Why do I Selfie?” Potter is examining the “selfie,” “selfhood,” “Instagramming” and what she calls “cell phone cinema.”

Right now, much of her art work exists online, most recently on the OKCupid dating site. “I posted my artist statement as a dating profile,” she said.

Potter is perhaps best known for her CarboCats, taxidermy forms covered in 20 pounds worth of elbow macaroni. They were featured in Philadelphia Magazine’s food blog and were also responsible for her upcoming participation in the Select Fair NYC this May.

“Everybody loves the CarboCats, they have a life of their own,” she said. “They are mostly about apathy... that I would spend so much time on what is essentially a 2nd grade craft product.”

Potter was granted an artist residency this summer with the University of Gastronomy in Bra, Italy, where she will put together a film program. Over spring break, she worked with video artist Micheal Raftery from Richmond, Va., shooting a short reality show series.

Potter completed her Foundation years at the Maryland Institute College of Art and transferred to Moore as a sophomore/junior.

Potter said she chose Moore because she was interested in careers for women and was impressed by the College’s emphasis on career placement. She also appreciated the fact that faculty were so involved in the Philadelphia gallery scene.

“Moore is an incredibly small, close-knit place,” she said. “It’s incredibly unique. I will forever be grateful for my fellow Moore women. The artists I’ve become close to here are the strongest, most interesting women I’ve ever met.”

Published on April 2nd, 2014