Stefanie Rocknak

Ghastly One, 2004, carved from a single piece of curly maple

 

The King, 2008, carved from two pieces of basswood

 

The Queen, 2010, carved from laminated basswood

 

The Swimmer, 2007, carved from a single piece of basswood

 

Interview with STEFANIE ROCKNAK:

Your childhood ambition:

That’s easy. My childhood ambition was to become an artist, i.e. a professional artist. I have wavered here and there (e.g. by spending so much time on philosophy), but for the most part, I have stuck to it.

Something you treasure:

In addition to time with good friends and family, I treasure meticulously crafted objects, 2D or 3D. I think that real craftsmanship has dropped out of the high-art scene; this is unfortunate.

Your worst habit:

That’s easy too. I work too much. But maybe that’s my best habit too.

The aspect of your work that’s most important to you:

The emotive quality. I want my work to move people. Yes, the representational part is important, but it is secondary to the emotional content.

Your first job:

Picking apples! I still remember racing around trying to get as many bushels as possible. I was in 8th grade and saving up to buy scuba equipment.

Someone whose work you highly recommend:

Yoav Liberman; http://www.yoavliberman.com. He is a studio furniture maker; his work is surprising and very well made.

 

 

View Stefanie Rocknak’s artwork here.