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 received an MA in Fine Art from Chelsea College of Art and Design, London, UK (2008).
Selected solo exhibitions include rock, paper, mountain, UV Estudios, Buenos Aires, Argentina (2016); fig2 35/50 ICA London (2015); Rocks Remember, William Benington Gallery, London, UK (2015); 'an oyster can’t read this', Oonagh Young Gallery, Dublin, Ireland (2015); Catching the Big Fish, Minibar, Stockholm, Sweden (2013); Collide, Poppy Sebire Gallery, London, UK (2012); This Urban Silence, Irish Museum of Modern Art, Dublin, Ireland (2011).
Selected awards include fig-futures, Grundy Art Gallery, Blackpool, UK with Art Fund, Arts Council England & Outset Contemporary Art Fund (2018); Villa Lena Artists' Residency, Tuscany, Italy (2015); Triangle Network Award and International Fellowship to Muscat, Oman with Gasworks Gallery, London, UK (2013); Irish Museum of Modern Art Artists' Residency, Dublin, Ireland (2011); The Banff Centre, Artists' Residency, Canada (2010). In 2016, Stephens was awarded funding from the Arts Council England and the British Council to produce a solo exhibition in Buenos Aires, Argentina.
Public collections include the David Ross Foundation, The Rothschild Collection, The Zabludowicz Collection, UK and The Groucho Club Collection. Amy Stephens is a member of the Royal British Society of Sculptors and the Contemporary Art Society in London. The artist is also on the Advisory Board for Block Universe, an annual performance festival in London.