Stacey Johnson Hardy is a visual artist working primarily in clay. She spent her childhood in the Mississippi Delta, a land of diverse cultures and intense history. Her figurative work is a nod towards storytelling, an embrace of the vernacular and landscape of the Deep South. She works intuitively, reacting to the medium and finding a balance with it.
From her earliest days in art, she has been influenced by Art Brut and outsider artists. Stacey is interested in creating layered, painterly surfaces filled with marks and small moments of botanical and cosmic references. Her work can be read and explored, like pages in a book or sections of a map.
Stacey holds an MFA in ceramic sculpture from The University of Georgia and a BFA from Loyola University. She has been actively teaching and working in clay for over thirty years. She is a two-time recipient of a Mississippi Arts Commission artist fellowship and was honored by the Mississippi Institute of Arts and Letters as the 2020 Visual Arts Award winner.
Her work is exhibited throughout the United States.
Website: Stacey Hardee Studio