"Oneself by Oneself"

Stephanie Toppin tells her story (so far) in 64 abstract paintings

At the age of 18, painter Stephanie Toppin moved to England and began chronicling her life one wooden panel at a time. Four years later, the Houston native is 64 panels deep into "Oneself by Oneself." "It just started happening, and it's become an obsession," Toppin says of her abstract, in-progress self-portrait. Graffiti-influenced floral twists, drips and waves connect each panel together seamlessly to tell Toppin's story (thus far). "At around panel 15, I moved back to Houston and it's kind of the unstable part of my life," she says, adding that the project has become as much a practice in creativity as meditation. "Maybe it's self-absorbed, but it's really just trying to understand who you are, which I think everyone can relate to." 1 to 5 p.m. Saturdays. Through August 20. Box 13 ArtSpace, 6700 Harrisburg. For information, visit www.box13artspace.com. Free.
Saturdays. Starts: July 25. Continues through Aug. 20, 2009
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