Stephany Latham's artwork explores the human perception of nature. Having grown up in the prairie fields outside of Chicago, she was inspired by its habitats at an early age. Much of her work is informed by the urban grid of Chicago juxtaposed with the Midwest habitat. Blending local natural histories with her own understanding of human perception has led to her distinct style, in which flora and fauna stand in, representing the simultaneous and often opposing matters of growth, bloom, decay, resilience, and survival. She often uses weaving, soft sculpture, drawings, and etchings on paper, adding bursts of color found from local dye plants.
Stephany is inspired by many of the early naturalists such as James Audobon, but also by current natural dyers such as India Flint, and weavers from the early Bauhaus period such as Anni Albers and Gunta Stolz. She views her art making as an on-going personal narrative in which she uses local botanical dyes she collects in Chicago and on her travels around the world. Stephany uses botanical dye sources as a way to make sense of the many landscapes she has lived in, and to also explore the natural history of her cultural identity. Currently based in Chicago Illinois, she works as an art therapist and continues to work in her studio everyday.