The Meadows Museum at SMU has given Oak Cliff-based artist Stephen Lapthisophon the 2012 Moss/Chumley Artist Award. The award is given annually to an outstanding North Texas artist who has exhibited professionally for at least 10 years and has a track record as an advocate for the visual arts.
Lapthisophon is “a multimedia artist whose work defies classification,” according tot he museum. His work addresses questions of language, history and cultural memory. And it deals with the sensory world. An optic nerve disorder diagnosed in 1994 has left the artist legally blind
“I use my own blindness as a figure for the ways we interpret the world through our own specific framing mechanisms,” Lapthisophon said in 2008. “I have also been more and more drawn to create pieces involving a commentary on the sensory world as understood through food, cuisine, cooking and interaction through food and the art audience. My recent cooking projects have allowed me to speak to all the senses and examine the interaction of our sensory processes.”
Lapthisophon’s most recent show, “Offal,” was at the Oliver Francis Gallery in Dallas last year. He teaches art and art history at the University of Texas at Arlington.