Provoking wonder and engagement between artwork and audience.
A giant rock, but not as you know it. Repositioned and transformed. Enforced to adjust itself to a new environment – the initial impact of Amy Stephens work is surprising. At once recognisable as a volcanic material, but at the same time sculptural, the solid mineral, now with an architectonic steel-supporting pillar, is re-defining her solo show, Land/Reland, on view at the same time at both William Benington Gallery, London and Upfor Gallery, Portland, Oregon. Prior to the opening of her solo show, we caught up with the artist to observe her process and intricate planning in her studio, a garden shed in the outskirts of London, where cabinets are filled up with stones, gems, neon tapes and tree branches. Her studio strikes dialogue between nature and its contrast with the geometrical forms the artist was working on: abstract, using regular lines and shapes, but in a sculptural way, to highlight the contrast between organic and industrial. Using three-dimensional thinking to shift the native landscape, Amy’s practice borderlines the realms of art, design, and architecture, leaving the audience to investigate.