Glacial Form was made as a direct response following the artist's residency to the Perito Moreno Glacier in El-Calafate, Patagonia. The polished, stainless steel bar is precariously balanced on the edge of the triangular shelf to highlight the purity of sheet ice. The seductive blue flock material acts as a platform referencing the underlying strength of the glacier whilst the surface layers continue to carve away.
Each material has been carefully sourced, chosen and created to display the perfect equilibrium of fragility and structure. There is a raw intimacy exposing minimal bent and polished lines creating a mini portal and an in-between space that encourages a natural exchange around and through the work.
Amy Stephens (b.1981 London) received an 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.
Recent group exhibitions include Psychotropics, New Art Centre, Roche Court, curated by Iwona Blazwick OBE (2020); Spotlight on Sculpture, Grundy Art Gallery, Blackpool, UK (2020); Synergia, Museo Federico Silva, Mexico (2019); Skulturenpark, Galerie Lisa Kandlhofer, Vienna, Austria(2019); The Annotated Reader, The Fruitmarket Gallery, Edinburgh, UK, curated by Ryan Gander and Jonathan P Watts (2019); non-binary, ksRoom, bei, Riegersburg, Austria, curated by Victoria Dejaco (2019); Parallel Lines: Sculpture and Drawing, Royal Society of Sculptors, Dora House, London, UK (2019).
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.
Upcoming solo exhibition in 2020: Amy Stephens | Land | Reland [Nicosia] at Art Seen, Nicosia, Cyprus.