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Janie Stamm was born and raised on the edge of the Everglades in Broward County, Florida. She is a craft-based artist currently residing on the western banks of the Mississippi River in Saint Louis, Missouri. Her work focuses on preserving Florida’s environmental and Queer history in the face of climate change. She uses a craft-based practice to tell these stories. In the spring of 2019, Janie received an MFA in Visual Art from Washington University in Saint Louis. She was most recently the recipient of the 2019 John T. Milliken Foreign Travel Graduate Award, a Regional Arts Commission grant, a Critical Mass grant, a Dubinsky Scholarship to study at the Fine Arts Work Center, and the Frida Kahlo Creative Arts Award from Washington University in St. Louis. Her work was featured on the cover of the December 2016 issue of Poetry magazine and in the spring 2021 issue of CandyFloss Magazine. Janie has shown work throughout the country including Los Angeles, Atlanta, Chicago, and throughout the Saint Louis regional area. She was an artist in residence at ACRE in Wisconsin, the Cite Internationale des Arts in Paris, Aquarium Gallery in New Orleans, and SAFTA in Tennessee. Janie is a teaching artist-in-residence at the Contemporary Art Museum in Saint Louis.
Florida is paradise through sunshine tinted glasses. I grew up in Florida; feet in the sand, face sunburnt red. Over the course of my life I will bear witness to the effects of climate change. I will watch my home drown under water. Lost along with it will be the symbiotic relationship between Florida’s Queer and ecological history. Queerness and nature reflect each other; a glorious thing often ignored until tragedy strikes causing the loss of habitat/queer space. Using craft-based techniques, I tell these stories through historical facts, personal narratives, and possibilities for the future.