“Transfer: Crossing the Haliç”
During a residency at Caravansarai in Istanbul in October 2010 I sent a paper construction via sandal (a small ferryboat) across the Haliç (Golden Horn) and then set it free into the river.

The construction was inspired by the architecture of Istanbul but references the significance of the dome throughout time and across cultures. The trip across and into the Haliç, which divides the two sections of the European side of Istanbul, acknowledges
the importance of the Haliç to the identity of the city and evokes the transfer of material, ideas, religion and power via the river and as embodied in the domed buildings that have come to symbolize Istanbul.

The project was also an exercise in inserting site-specific artwork into the fabric of a city for a brief period of time and with no predetermined outcome. Far from being an individual effort, the event required the assistance of numerous local people and inspired an unexpected level of interaction with the artwork.

Stephanie Beck lives and works in Brooklyn, NY, where she creates drawings, prints and cut-paper sculpture and stages public art interventions. Her work explores ideas of architecture, urban spaces, classification and mapping. She has a Master of Fine Arts from the Pennsylvania Academy of the Fine Arts, a Post-Baccalaureate Certificate from the School of the Museum of Fine Arts, Boston, and a Bachelor of Arts in Art History from the University of Virginia.

Stephanie has participated in residencies in Fort Collins, Colorado and Istanbul, Turkey and has exhibited in solo and group exhibitions in New York, Philadelphia, Dayton, and Baltimore. Her solo exhibitions include the Philadelphia International Airport in 2010 and Rebekah Templeton Contemporary Art, Philadelphia, in 2009. Selected group exhibitions include the CUE Foundation in New York, the Woodmere Art Museum, Gallery Joe, and Fleisher Ollman Gallery in Philadelphia, Wright University in Dayton, Ohio, and Paperworks Gallery in Baltimore.

Stephanie received a Joan Mitchell Foundation MFA Grant in 2007 and was nominated to apply for the Louis Comfort Tiffany Foundation Grant in 2009.