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Stephanie Temma Hier, Wonderful for Other People, 2020, oil on linen, glazed stoneware frame, 20 × 17 × 2 1⁄2".

Stephanie Temma Hier, Wonderful for Other People, 2020, oil on linen, glazed stoneware frame, 20 × 17 × 2 1⁄2".

Stephanie Temma Hier

Franz Kaka

Entanglement, both material and affective, is the operating logic in Stephanie Temma Hier’s ongoing series of sculptural paintings. Photorealistic oil paintings of found imagery—much of it seemingly stock photography—are embedded in three-dimensional ceramic frames ornamented with clay renderings of everyday objects, including bell peppers, overgrown garden snails, and speckled spheres resembling gumballs. Although Hier replicates familiar forms, the way she juxtaposes them produces a mounting sense of unease. At the entrance to the exhibition, Wonderful for Other People (all works 2020) depicted a scene that could have come straight from a food magazine: Perfectly manicured hands pull apart a crustacean’s body above a sauce-stained plate. The surrounding frame was built from stoneware shapes—some arching like gel nail talons, others curling like segments of a shrimp’s shell—all glazed a

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