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Stephanie Shih (史欣雲) is a visual still life artist, known for her painterly use of shadow applied to playful perspectives on food. Shih started making photographs with her dad's half-frame camera on childhood road trips, but only returned to photography seriously later in life while in graduate school. At the time, she moonlighted as a wedding cake maker, and translating the fantastical experience of food to the visual image has been a driving throughline of her work ever since.

​As a second generation Taiwanese-Chinese American, Shih explores themes of contemporary and historical cultural dynamics of the diaspora through her still life creations, drawing on her background in semiotics and research to recode the symbologies of the still life canon. Shih has completed residencies at the Oak Spring Garden Foundation Interdisciplinary Residency (2024), Museums at Washington & Lee (2023), and Joshua Tree Highlands Artist Residency (2022). Her work has been exhibited in solo and group shows at venues including Hashimoto Contemporary (LA), Griffin Museum of Photography (Boston), USC Pacific Asia Museum (Pasadena), and The Royal Photographic Society (UK). Shih's photography has been featured in outlets including Lenscratch, Bloomberg Businessweek, Gastronomica, Buzzfeed News, and Los Angeles Times.

Shih is from the San Francisco Bay Area and currently lives and works in Los Angeles. When not in the studio or kitchen creating, she is a professor at the University of Southern California.


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