Janis Stemmermann | Tree to Tree


Janis Stemmermann | Tree to Tree
December 3, 2020 – January 17, 2021

Planthouse is pleased to present Tree to Tree featuring recent work by Janis Stemmermann.

Artist statement
Recently I purchased a property in Northwest CT that has required a lot of attention inside and out. As trees were cut to tame the landscape, I created piles saving those for potential future use. Embarking on this new body of work I used a quote from Rachel Carson: “It’s not so important to know as to feel.” I carved these words on the inside of a bowl of wet clay and after it was fired printed it with my hands onto mulberry paper. As I continued throwing clay forms on the wheel I began pulling in the saplings and cut trunks to my studio floor. A dialog between the two forces; wood and clay, began to take shape.

Janis Stemmermann is a sculptor, collaborative printmaker, and textile designer.

Born in Neptune, NJ 1963 and raised in New Hampshire. Received a BFA in sculpture from the Maryland Institute College of Art in 1986. Attended the Alliance of Independent Colleges of Art New York Studio Program in 1985. Awarded artist residency fellowships from the Vermont Studio Center, the Tyrone Guthrie Center in Ireland and is a recipient of Pollack Krasner artist grant.

Janis is the Creative Director and master printmaker in a Brooklyn-based project space called Russell Janis. There she collaborates on multi-medium projects with various artists. Her personal studio practice takes a craft-based approach, incorporating ceramics, printmaking and textiles, while drawing inspiration from themes of the domestic and landscape.

Stemmermann has been based in Brooklyn, NY since 1988 and currently divides her time between Brooklyn, NY and Sharon, CT. 


Gallery Hours
Tuesday-Saturday 12-6 PM – By Appointment – info@planthouse.net