Stephanie Pitoy’s collage-based work are designed to express aspects of the human condition impossible to access by language alone. Nevertheless, her works are often constructed in such a way that one can analyze them from the whole into parts, just like the words of a sentence. Love, joy, and melancholy are visually translated into layered, photographically-inspired works that take snippets of everyday life and transform them into universal statements about what it means to be alive in the world today.
Pitoy tends to create underlying narratives in her work, and Reality Check is no exception. There’s a sense of pathos informing these glimpses of high-storied roofs. As communication is a multi-layered, multi-storied experience, this work can be “read” as grappling with the difficulties inherent in encountering a new city. In this context, expression, just like the viewer’s vantage point on these buildings, will feel incomplete, truncated. But within this experience of confusion, there’s the also possibility of experiencing clarity: a sense of artistic control evident in the way Pitoy deliberately redoubles the image used.