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).
Selected solo exhibitions Persistence of Land, Bo Lee and Workman Gallery, Bruton, UK, (forthcoming 2023); Nature knows only colours, Art Seen Maria Stathi, Nicosia, Cyprus (2021); fig-futures, Grundy Art Gallery, Blackpool, UK (2018); Land | Reland [Portland], Upfor Gallery, Portland, Oregon, US (2018); fig2, 35/50, ICA Studio, London, curated by Fato? Üstek (2015).
Selected group exhibitions Frieze Sculpture Park, The Regent’s Park, London (forthcoming 2023); If Not Now, When? Generations of Women in Sculpture in Britain, 1960 – 2022, The Hepworth Wakefield Gallery, UK (2023); New Things, Grundy Art Gallery, Blackpool, UK (2023); I miss the land but does the land miss me? Art Seen Maria Stathi, Nicosia, Cyprus (2022); Faults & Folds, Oonagh Young Gallery, Dublin, Ireland (2022); Psychotropics, New Art Centre, Roche Court, curated by Iwona Blazwick OBE (2020); Synergia, Museo Federico Silva, Mexico (2019); Skulturenpark, Galerie Kandlhofer, Vienna, Austria (2019); Contemporary Sculpture Fulmer, William Benington Gallery, UK (2018); The Annotated Reader, The Fruitmarket Gallery, Edinburgh, UK, curated by Ryan Gander and Jonathan P Watts (2019).
Awards include Mtec Bursary for Frieze Sculpture Park (2023); Henry Moore Foundation Research and Travel Grant, UK (2022); Nicosia Municipal Arts Centre, Artists' Residency, Cyprus (2022); UV estudios, Artists’ Residency, Buenos Aires, Argentina, awarded by Arts Council England and The British Council (2016); Villa Lena, Artists' Residency, Italy (2015); Triangle Award and International Fellowship with Gasworks Gallery, Muscat, Oman (2013); Irish Museum of Modern Art, Artists' Residency, Ireland (2011).
Collections - Canary Wharf Group Collection; David Ross Foundation, London; Groucho Club Collection, London; Grundy Art Gallery Collection, Blackpool; Modern Forms Collection, London; Museo Federico Silva Collection, Mexico; Oval Real Estate Ltd, London; Irish Office of Public Works State Collection, Dublin; Rothschild Collection, London; Soho House Group Collection, London, Mumbai; Unilever Collection; Villa Lena Foundation, Tuscany; Zabludowicz Collection, London.
Amy Stephens is represented by Bo Lee and Workman Gallery, Bruton, UK / Art Seen Maria Stathi, Nicosia, Cyprus