Amy Stephens

Amy Stephens (born 1981 in London), an artist based in London, gained her MA from Chelsea College of Art in 2008. Using industrial processes such as bronze casting and wood planing and often referencing Modernist movements that occurred well before her time, Stephens creates sculptures that have a strong architectural quality, expressing the exploration of form, line, and plane. The minimalistic and fragile geometric shapes of her sculptures blur the line between drawing and sculpture. Labelled as a "one to watch" artist, Stephens' works have a surreal element that draws from both the architecture surrounding her work during its exhibition and nature. Examples of her earlier work include bronze casts of a birch tree and deer antlers resting on top of brightly-coloured towers of stainless steel. In this way, her works are imbued with a fraught tension between the natural world and Stephens' own methods of fabrication.  Recent solo exhibitions include Minibar Artist Space, Stockholm; Poppy Sebire Gallery, London; Oonagh Young Gallery, Dublin; and Irish Museum of Modern Art, Dublin. Group exhibitions include Dividing Line, High House with Sumarria Lunn Gallery, London (2012), No Soul For Sale - A Festival of Independents, Tate Modern, London (2010), and 195 Miles, Project Space Leeds in collaboration with the Whitechapel Gallery, London (2008). Stephens has participated in several residencies in Ireland, Canada and Iceland, including the prestigious Artist's Residency Programme at the Irish Museum of Modern Art in Dublin (2011). Her work is part of the Zabludowicz Collection, and in 2011, it was shortlisted for the Threadneedle Prize for Painting and Sculpture in London.