While studying at the University of Louisville in the mid 1990s, Stacy McKnight Maney focused on painting and photography, but she had quilted most of her life as part of her family tradition.
In 2005 she began combining all of her artist pursuits into a cohesive body of work. Staci’s mixed media pieces include a minimum of nine layers of brushwork. She starts by covering the work surface with “rescued” book pages, and then applies multiple layers of acrylic washes.
She next applies additional textural elements. Her original photographs are then transferred or the piece is quilted. Her photographs are high contract images which often add stark imagery that contrasts with the layers of background color. More paint and focal elements such as beads, vintage pieces, or found object are next applied.
A number of themes resonate through her art: the beauty of the familiar, the duality of language, the combination of the mundane and the extraordinary, and the meeting of the sacred with the irreverent.
Works by Staci McKnight Maney can be found at the Kentucky Artisan Center at Berea, Berea, KY.