9: Stephanie Carrico

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9: Stephanie Carrico

If Stephanie Carrico isn't running around the Trunk Space -- her gallery and performance arts venue -- she might be under a pile of sock monkeys.

The Utah native moved to Phoenix when she was 9 years old and eventually attended ASU for photography and sculpture. She spent most of her time during college hanging out downtown, which is why she bought a home downtown as soon as she could -- it only made sense to be a fixed part of the scene that she had felt so at home in, she says.

In 2004, Carrico and JRC opened the Trunk Space on Grand Avenue. She and her sock monkeys have been there ever since.

Read more about Carrico and her work after the jump ...

2. What was your last big project? If you don't count Trunk Space I would have to say was my sock monkey photo series. I've worked on it for years, and I still have some things I want to do with it, but it is on hold right now. They are photographs of Isaac The Sock Monkey immersed in the things in life that make the world interesting.

I feel like there are people that are really great characters. Downtown Phoenix is filled with really great characters which is what makes downtown really great. (As a place, I think the Valley kinda blows, but I stay here because of the people.) I've also documented Isaac at roadside oddities (Muffler Men, Log Cabin Motels, celebrity grave-sites), and other unique commercial architectural structures that seems to be dying out quickly in this country. Weird old hotels, neon signs, old roadside diners and such. Things that are quickly being replaced with bland strip malls.

It breaks my heart that these things that add flavor to the landscape are being destroyed so I wanted to document them. Isaac The Sock Monkey is a friend I can take with me anywhere I go at anytime so he appears in photographs visiting these roadside attractions as a commentator and expert.

3. What's your next big project? The photographic series I'm working on now is documenting the quickly changing face of my adopted home town, but doing so at night. In the years I have been living in Phoenix it has changed so much almost to the point of being unrecognizable from 10 years ago, but with all the changes Phoenix is still pretty much a ghost town at night.

There is this quiet feeling you get in downtown Phoenix at night that I have never experienced in any other city. I am trying to capture that feeling along with showing how if you blink you will miss it.

4. What's something you want Phoenix to know about you? I love to travel, ride bikes, hike and camp. I am always looking for buddies for these such activities.

5. What's something you don't want Phoenix to know about you? I have a horrible sense of direction. If you spun me around in a closet i could get lost.

The Creatives, so far:

100. Fausto Fernandez
99. Brian Boner
98. Carol Panaro-Smith

97. Jane Reddin

96. Adam Dumper
95. Mayme Kratz
94. Daniel Tantalean
93. Yuri Artibise
92. Lisa Starry
91. Paul Hoeprich
90. Betsy Schneider
89. Mary Shindell
88: Gabriel Utasi
87: Tiffany Egbert
86. Angela Cazel Jahn
85. Dayvid LeMmon
84. Beatrice Moore
83. Michelle J. Martinez
82. Carrie Bloomston
81. Paul Porter
80. Rachel Bess
79. Karolina Sussland
78. Aaron Abbott
77. Mary Lucking
76. Erin Sotak
75. Greg Esser
74. Matthew Mosher
73. Mark Klett
72. Tony Carrillo
71. Paul Morris
70. Joe Pagac
69. Alison King
68. JJ Horner
67. Kim Porter
66. Marco Rosichelli
65. Heather Hales
64. Amy Lamp
63. Kevin Vaughan-Brubaker
62. Lindy Drew
61. Robbie Pfeffer
60. Neil Borowicz
59. Lynn Fisher
58. Tanner Woodford
57. David Tinapple
56. Casebeer
55. Tom Leveen
54. Patti Parsons

53. Tedd McDonah

52. Mike Maas
51. Chris Todd
50. Monica Aissa Martinez
49. Stefan Shepherd

48. Jenny Poon
47. Matt Moore
46. Andrea Hanley
45. Julie Hampton
44. Ted Decker
43. Saskia Jorda
42. Michael Bergfalk
41. Scott Baxter

40. Carrie Marill
39. Kobina Banning
38. Suzanne Falk
37. Jon Haddock
36. Kade Twist
35. Cindy Dach
34. John Wagner
33. Roy Wasson Valle
32. Sue Chenoweth
31. Patricia Colleen Murphy

30. David Quan
29. Lesli Yazzie
28. Nathan Feller
27. Cassandra Coblentz

26. Matt Dickson
25. Tara Logsdon

24. Gennaro Garcia
23. Tiphanie Brooke

22. Dan Semenchuk

21. James Angel
20. Tessa Windt
19. Mitch Fry
18. Miro Chun

17. Randy Slack

16. Abbey Messmer

15. Jessica Jordan
14. Brent Bond

13. Peter Shikany
12. Carolyn Lavender
11.Derek A. Welte
10. James E. Garcia

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