Caroline Lathan-Stiefel’s Whorl is a room-sized installation. Consisting of multiple, connected forms made of fabric, pipe cleaners, yarn, pins, and thread, the installation covers the ceiling, walls, and part of the floor of the room. The fabric is either sewn or held together by sewing pins. Lathan-Stiefel’s work investigates the relationship of the provisional to the permanent and evokes the overreaching desire associated with completing a Herculean task using commonplace materials. Because the work has an intentional chaotic quality, the installation is a spoof of seemingly coherent architectural, technological, and organic systems.
Caroline Lathan-Stiefel has exhibited at several galleries in Atlanta, as well as the FE Gallery, Pittsburgh, the Islip Art Museum, East Islip, NY, and the New Jersey State Museum. She is the recipient of a New Jersey State Council on the Arts Grant in Sculpture and a Print and Paper Fellowship from the Rutgers Center for Innovative Print and Paper. From 1998-03 she was Artist-in-Residence in New Jersey elementary schools. Lathan-Stiefel received her MFA in painting from the Maine College of Art.