Detail of “Buffy Summers #2” | image via

I’m Your Biggest Fan

An interview with Stacia Yeapanis on the blurry lines between television fandom and fine art in her video and fiber work.

Stacia Yeapanis is a Chicago-based artist whose work has spanned across genres and mediums — from creating intricate, colorful sculptures from collected objects and collage to screen-capping images from The Sims computer game. She got her MFA in Fiber at the School of the Art Institute of Chicago (SAIC) in 2006, and now teaches at the school. During grad school and throughout the aughts, Yeapanis fell down the rabbit hole of fandom, and became preoccupied with gathering moments from television. She created painstaking cross-stitched images of TV characters crying and curated clips of characters in existential crisis. An intense fan of television myself (and of Yeapanis’ work) we recently met to talk emotions, fanaticism, and finding the meaning of life in Buffy the Vampire Slayer.

“Nothing will ever be the same again” | image via
“It seems like the birds shouldn’t be singing anymore, but they are” by Stacia Yeapanis | image via
“I love you, but this is something I have to do” | image via
“They say if you think you are crazy, you probably aren’t, but I just don’t know what’s real anymore” | image via

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