Stephanie Sun is a visual artist working with pattern and illustration to examine the unseen facets of communication, identity, and connection.
Surface design as a simultaneous medium and critical concept is a cornerstone of Stephanie’s creative practice. Informed by her interest in media studies and social media analysis, surfaces become primed spaces for deeper, closer looking. Her work aims to question what we take for granted. She explores how understanding emerges through different mediums of communication, creating pattern by evolving iconography and data visualization in deliberate repetition. Her intersectional experiences as an Asian American woman contextualize the aesthetic and conceptual nature of her visual communication.
Stephanie’s patterns have found their homes in local Portland spaces as wallpapers and textiles, commercial and domestic. Curiosity about identity and the stories we tell to and about ourselves lies at the heart of her work. The tenets of her creative practice extend into her approach to teaching and project management, fostering open-mindedness and empathy.
Stephanie received an MFA in Applied Craft + Design from the Pacific Northwest College of Art and the Oregon College of Art & Craft and a BA in Media Studies from Pomona College.