Amy Stephens (b.1981 London)
MA Fine Art, Chelsea College of Art and Design, London, UK (2008) | BA (Hons) Fine Art, University of Reading, UK (2005).
Recent solo exhibitions include Land | Reland [Portland], Upfor Gallery, Portland. Oregon, US (2018); fig-futures, The Grundy Art Gallery, Blackpool, UK (2018); Retain, Reframe, Art Seen, Nicosia, Cyprus (2017); rock, paper, mountain, UV Estudios, Buenos Aires, Argentina (2016); fig2 35/50, ICA London (2015).
Stephens practice is concerned with the reclamation of natural objects and the transferability of form via appropriation. The artist continually reuses materials, allowing them to land and re-land, resisting the fluidity of nature’s endless cycles. There is an overriding concern for the environmental impact of the industrial materials and their lifespan within an urban context. Recent explorations offer the viewer a relationship between landscape, architecture and sculpture.
Selected awards include fig-futures, Grundy Art Gallery, Blackpool, UK with Art Fund, Arts Council England and Outset Contemporary Art Fund (2018); Artists' International Development Award, Arts Council England and the British Council (2016); Villa Lena Artists' Residency, Tuscany, Italy (2015); Triangle Network Award to Muscat, Oman with Gasworks Gallery, London, UK (2013); Irish Museum of Modern Art Artists' Residency, Dublin, Ireland (2011); The Banff Centre, Artists' Residency, Banff, Canada (2010).
Amy Stephens is a Trustee for the Royal Society of Sculptors and a mentor for the University of Reading.
Steffen Schiemann is a German artist. He was born in Berlin in 1971, studied at the HfbK Dresden 1996-2001. From 2001 he was a master student at Prof. Max Uhlig. He works with painting, sculpture and installation. The use of different materials becomes clear in his works. They are combined so that there is a tension between them.
Often it is a material, a material situation posed by unknown circumstances, which leads to the impulsive, practical beginning. The consequence is filled with dialogues. Realism, function, aggression, these are the points on the checklist. As well as sensuality, feel, beauty.
Contrast is recognized and checked for compatibility. Sometimes it finds legitimacy in other ways. Deterioration, reversals are possibilities here. He tries to make things clear, put points and no commas.
Now he is living and working in Dresden.