Stephanie Schwiederek is a visual artist working in photography and filmmaking. She was born in 1990 and grew up in a motel in Pine Brook, New Jersey. The motel was a transient space, and a hive of prostitution, drugs and violence. However, for her and her parents, it became a place they called home for thirteen years. As a result of her precarious upbringing, her work often deals with personal narratives, the family dynamic in peril, memory, trauma, identity, and social class. She is interested in the borderline where violence and intimacy; dysfunction and acceptance; resignation and resilience meet.